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JSO: Man shot in head on JTB drives self to parking lot, calls police

Man shot early Sunday morning on J. Turner Butler near Southside Boulevard

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man was shot in the head Sunday, then drove himself to a nearby parking lot and called police, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said.

The man was driving sometime between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. near the Southside Boulevard exit ramp on J. Turner Butler Boulevard when people in a dark-colored vehicle started shooting at him, police said.

The man drove himself to a parking lot on Southside Boulevard, just south of Touchton Road, near a Jason’s Deli restaurant, police said.

Police found the man conscious and talking despite having a single gunshot wound to his head.

The man was taken to Memorial Hospital for treatment.

According to records, the shooting marks the fifth drive-by-shooting in the last 10 days. 

Retired JSO officer and News4Jax crime and safety analyst Gil Smith said although shootings like these are hard to solve, they're not impossible.

"(There may be) eyewitness accounts. There may be some surveillance video. They also have NIBEN (National Integrated Ballistic Information Network), which can take shell casings or bullets and study the marks made on shell casings or bullets and see if they match up with bullets from other crime scenes to see if they may have come from the same weapon," Smith said.