JSO: Teen shot in back 3 times at Westside apartments

17-year-old boy hospitalized with serious wounds

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Police are searching for a gunman after a 17-year-old boy was shot three times while standing in front of a Westside apartment, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

The teen, who was not identified, told police he was approached by three to four people at the Cross Creek Apartments on Manotak Avenue. One person from that group fired three shots at the teen, hitting him three times in the back, JSO said.

The group fled the area in a gray car that's believed to be either a Nissan Altima or Maxima. The teen got into a car with another man, who took him to a strip mall on Lane Avenue, where good Samaritans tried to help.

“He said, 'I’m shot.' We brought him over to the barber shop and I called 911," said Nathaniel Wright Jr., owner of C&W Soul Wings and Things. “My wife, my cousin and my brother were putting rags on him to stop him from bleeding.”

Wright said the victim was a regular customer, which is why he came there to get help.

“He said he wanted to get away and he knew he would be safe over here, so that’s why he ran into the restaurant," Wright said.

The teenager was taken to UF Health Jacksonville with serious injuries.

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