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Police ask for help finding person who shot into Durkeeville apartments

12-, 13-year-olds among 3 wounded in shooting; building set on fire

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Police are investigating the shooting of two young brothers and a man last Wednesday night, and they are asking for the public's help finding the gunman.

The three victims were wounded when someone opened fire on a Durkeeville home converted to an apartment building on McConihe Street at 10:49 p.m., according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Witnesses reported hearing more than 15 shots fired from what sounded like a rifle.

A white older-model, four-door car with up to four people inside was seen fleeing the area after the shooting.

Officers found a 12-year-old boy bleeding from his right arm, left ear and several spots on his legs, and his 13-year-old brother was shot in the left leg. The boys had been asleep in a back bedroom when the gunfire erupted, police said.

A 21-year-old man was wounded in his left ankle. None of the victims had life-threatening injuries.

News4Jax spoke to the children's mother, Marcella McKnight, Sunday night. She said they are doing OK, but that one of them has a cast on his arm. She said she wants the shooter behind bars, adding that she's thankful police are working to find that person.

"We still haven't caught them, and don't know who is responsible," McKnight said. "I'm thankful my kids are OK. It could've been worse, but thank God it wasn't."

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.

Anyone with information about the triple shooting is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and could receive a reward of up to $3,000.