18-year-old man shot, killed in Northwest Jacksonville Saturday

Police are asking for public's help to bring shooter to justice

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – An 18-year-old man shot on Gullege Drive about 1 a.m. Saturday morning died at the hospital, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. 

Police found the unidentified man with multiple gunshot wounds in a house in the Sherwood Forest neighborhood, just east of New Kings Road. Investigators are not sure if the man lived at the home, but other people were inside at the time.

Homicide detectives knocked on doors near the home where the shooting happened, trying to figure out who shot the man and why, but so far no suspects have been named.

Neighbors said it's normally a very peaceful and quiet neighborhood, and they are saddened by the loss of such a young life.

17-year-old Jazzmyn Jenkins lives across the street. She said she and her mom were woken up this morning by the police lights.

"We saw (the) crime scene unit. It’s police officers, everything was going on. I’m like, 'What’s going on?  What happened?' And I got scared because I actually went to school with one of the boys that stayed there," said Jenkins.

She said she had talked with the 18-year-old man several times and that he was a high school senior, just like her.

"He had stuff going for himself. He was going to school. It’s his last year in school, and it’s like (he) didn’t even get to finish so it’s kind of sad, because it could’ve been one of us, one of us teenagers around here, so it’s still sad overall," Jenkins said.

Homicide detectives with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office went in and out of the home searching for  evidence for hours Saturday morning. 

Jenkins has a message for the person or people responsible. "I just want to say stop the violence and let us graduate, that’s all," said Jenkins.

Detectives hope someone comes forward with information that leads to an arrest in the case.

Anyone who knows something about the shooting is asked to call police or Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.