JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A teenager walking on Brooklyn Road, off Avenue B, Wednesday evening was shot several times in the abdomen, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
Lt. Derek Boucher said the ShotSpotter system notified police of gunfire at 7:50 p.m., just before the 911 call came in about the shooting. He said someone got the victim's attention, then started shooting.
Boucher said the victim, which the report said was 16 years old, went to a neighbor for help. The boy's injuries were life-threatening.
The boy was rushed to the hospital and into surgery as Jacksonville police searched for the gunman, also believed to be a teenager or young man.
Police said the shooter was black, wearing blue-jean shorts and a black T-shirt. He ran to a silver older-model Lincoln that was last seen heading north on Paris Avenue.
Before the crime scene tape went up, a witness, who asked to remain anonymous, said he got in his own car and went after the shooter's vehicle.
“I tried to get the tag number," the man told News4Jax on Thursday. “I don’t know what’s going on with kids these days, but they’re terrorizing the community.”
The man, who was unsuccessful in getting the driver's license plate number, said he visited the teen in the hospital. He said the teen is breathing, and his family has been by to visit.
Anyone with information about either shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.