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Police ID man killed in Westside double shooting

Older victim has returned home

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Police have identified a 36-year-old man who was killed in a shooting early Thursday morning at an apartment on the city's Westside.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Sgt. Jay Farhat said the shooting happened just before 3 a.m. on Cooper Lane, near the intersection of Wilson Boulevard and Jammes Road.

Officers found two men with gunshot wounds inside an apartment unit. Both victims were transported to UF Health Jacksonville, where Anthony Hall, 36, died, police said. 

The other victim in his 60s, who was taken to the hospital in critical condition, was released by Thursday afternoon.

The surviving victim was interviewed by detectives for more information. Police have not yet released the relationship of the victims. A passenger inside a car that pulled up to the apartment complex Thursday afternoon told News4Jax that he was one of the two men shot. He was using a walker as he was helped inside.

Police are searching for one or two gunmen, but they have no description of the men. Initial indications showed this was a home-invasion robbery. Detectives spent much of the day processing the scene. 

Neighbors were concerned by the growing amount of crime, especially now that someone was killed.

"Of course, it should concern everyone to an extent. You just never know what might happen in your life," said Dewey Cupp, who has lived in the area for 13 months. "When I enter my home, I lock the door behind me. A lot of people would think I'm paranoid for doing that, but you just never know. 

Two women, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of their safety, said there are several children and babies who live in the apartment complex, making Thursday's deadly shooting was even more upsetting.

"It used to be safe, but not anymore," said John Hurst, who has lived nearby for two years. "Drug activity. A lot of crime. Lot of fighting, things like that."

Anyone with information that could help police is asked to anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.