Church struck by gunfire during shootout on Westside

Person arrived at hospital with gunshot wound likely linked to shooting

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Bullets from what Jacksonville police described as a shootout Sunday afternoon on Herlong Road just off Interstate 295, struck a church and apparently hit one of the participants in the arm.

Officers responding to reports of gunfire about 3:30 p.m. learned people in two separate cars had been firing at each other. During the gunfire, bullets struck a Vietnamese Christian church.

A short time later, police said a 19-year-old man walked into the Park West ER with a gunshot wound to the arm. The person was not identified, but police said he asked for a lawyer when they tried to question him.

"I came home about two hours ago from the Southside and when I came home, I came from Herlong and I think Lane Avenue. It was a police officer standing blocked off in the middle of the road," said neighbor Robert Brown.

Brown lives across the street from the Vietnamese Christian Church where the shootout happened just feet away. 

Police reported the church was hit by several of the bullets. No one was injured. A group of children were in the back of the church parking lot playing basketball. 

The church was not in session at the time.