JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Police are investigating after a man was robbed Thursday morning as he arrived in the parking lot of the Bank of America on Moncrief Road, near Edgewood Avenue
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said when a man pulled in front of the bank at 11:18 a.m. and got out of his car, two people approached him and one person, a man, began stabbing him. The victim told officers he grabbed a gun and fired shots at his attackers. It's not known if either person was hit.
The victim, who said he was stabbed several times in the back, was taken to UF Health Jacksonville. On Friday, he told News4Jax he doesn't know why he was targeted, but said the incident might have been the result of something that happened on the highway.
The man said he hoped to be released from the hospital on Saturday.
Police said the two attackers ran off. Witnesses said one of them got into an older, black Toyota pickup truck and took off.
The 911 call reported shots fired at the bank, but there's no blood evidence or any indication anyone was struck by the bullets. Police said the bank was never threatened or robbed.
Cassandra Wright, who lives near the bank, arrived home to find police swarming the area.
"Things were already happening and I pulled in and my ... daughter pulled up on the internet and we saw that someone had been stabbed," Wright said. "I thank God it wasn’t me and my grandkids weren’t here. Whoever did what they did, I hope they get caught."
The bank remained closed the rest of the day.