70% of teens shot in 2 years in Duval County were black males

Interactive map shows where shootings happened around Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Of the more than 100 teens and children shot in Jacksonville in the last two years, 75 were black males, according to data from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

The News4Jax I-TEAM has been digging deeper into that data, which breaks down where all those shootings took place around the city.

The data showed that no juveniles had been shot in the Downtown ZIP code (32202) from the beginning of 2015 through September 2016. But just over two weeks into 2017, four teens have been shot Downtown.

One of those teens, 16-year-old Khamoi Petersen, died Monday after he was hit by gunfire in front of the Jacksonville Landing. A 13-year-old boy was also injured in that shooting.

Earlier this month, two teens were injured in a double shooting at Art Walk, just blocks from the Landing.

In Duval County, 106 juveniles -- under 18 years old -- were shot in less than two years: from January 2015 to September 2016. Those include deadly shootings and shootings with survivors. The numbers don't include suicides or mental health incidents.

News4Jax requested the data for the last quarter of 2016 from JSO two weeks ago, but we were told their open records policy changed in 2017. They said they will be using less of their departmental resources to calculate the data for media requests, even though News4Jax pays for the hours JSO employees work to compile the data.

Based on the data JSO did provide, the majority of the teen victims were shot in ZIP codes bordering Downtown: 32209 in Northwest Jacksonville; 32208, which reaches into Brentwood; 32254, which is just west of those areas; 32210 on the Westside; and 32206 on the Eastside, just north of Downtown.

The I-TEAM created a color-coded interactive ZIP code map that shows the most dangerous zones around the city.

The darkest red is 32209. The five next most dangerous ZIP codes, including 32206, are colored peach. They are concentrated in the metro area in the Northside and Westside.

Conversely, the safest areas are Mandarin, San Jose, and the Beaches.

To see how many people were shot in your ZIP code, check out the map below.


About the Author:

Lynnsey Gardner is an Edward R. Murrow award-winning investigative reporter and fill-in anchor for The Local Station.