JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Two young brothers were among three victims wounded when someone opened fire on a Durkeeville home late Wednesday, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
Police said they responded to the home on McConihe Street just before 11 p.m. Wednesday after hearing what sounded like more than 15 shots being fired from a rifle.
They found a 12-year-old boy bleeding from his right arm, left ear and several spots on legs and his 13-year-old brother with a gunshot wound to his left leg.
The boys had been asleep in a back bedroom when the gunfire erupted, police said.
A 21-year-old man was also wounded in his left ankle.
News4Jax is not naming the victims because the shooter has not been caught. None of the victims had life-threatening injuries.
The father of the two younger victims said his family is sick of the violence.
"We are trying to move away because I don't know who caused this, so I just want to move really," said the man, who was in the kitchen when bullets started flying through his apartment. "My daughter woke up and started screaming, and I walked to the room and then I saw my first son get up, and he was holding his leg, and I guess my other son, he was in shock. He didn't really know he got shot. He got up and I saw a lot of blood. He just fell to the ground."
Police said eight other people were in the house, including five adults and three children, ages 11 months, 3 years and 11 years. Officers said kerosene or lighter fluid had been poured on the house and nearby plants and set on fire, but the fire apparently did not cause much damage.
Police had no description of possible suspects.
Neighbors fed up
A woman who lives on the street said she heard the gunshots. She said they woke her up, so she came outside and found a man lying on the side walk next to some tires.
She said she's lived in the area since June and the crime is constant.
The JSO crime-mapping took shows a slew of crimes in a ½-mile radius from the scene over the last six months:
- Homicide - 1
- Burglary - 47
- Arson - 2
- Vehicle break-in - 34
- Larceny - 69
- Robbery - 20
- Motor vehicle theft - 16
Anyone with information about the triple shooting is asked to call the sheriff's office at 904-630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.