JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A shooting Wednesday that involved three teenagers who were wounded and hospitalized may have been gang-related, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said Thursday.
Investigators also revealed the three teens, who were ages 17, 19 and 19, told police they were shot in a drive-by near the OId Kings Food Mart on Old Kings Road. Officers were alerted to the shooting after they walked in to Memorial Hospital seeking treatment.
Officers canvassed the area near the food mart and spoke to someone at the Plantation Apartments who told police the shooting stemmed from a fight Wednesday afternoon.
The witness said the fight was between two rival groups known to deal drugs. He also said he believed the shooting was an act of retaliation due to that fight.
Another witness told police his friend, the 17-year-old, approached him for help after he'd been shot in the stomach.
Police said the three teens were driven to the hospital by people from the apartment complex. They were expected to survive.
As of Thursday, the incident was being further investigated by JSO's narcotics unit and gang investigations unit.