2 teenage boys returning from basketball game shot in car, police say

Victims expected to recover from wounds; third teen in car wasn't hurt


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Two 17-year-old boys were shot Sunday around 1.a.m. while driving home from a basketball tournament with another teen in Northwest Jacksonville, according to police.

Jacksonville detectives are trying to figure out who shot the teenagers and why.

The three teenagers were inside a car going down Avenue B driving home from Ribault High School when shots were fired, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said. Two of the three teens in the car were wounded.

The victims saw a Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department vehicle on Moncrief Road and flagged it down. Both passengers were taken to University of Florida Health with non-life-threatening injuries. Police have not released their names or a description of any possible suspects.

"I came through there last night and I saw the police cars and I was wondering in my mind what was going on. I hadn't seen the news and this is getting to be heartbreaking because I’ve got great grandkids, and I got one that goes to Ribault," said a woman who wished to remain nameless. 

JSO's shot spotters devices detected that nine shots were fired.

"We have one of the worst crime sprees in history in our city right now. We are having an upsurge in he number of juveniles who are being shot and killed on our streets. As a city, we must come together and do something about it," said Albert Wilcox, who is running for City Council District 8. 

Homicide detectives said the investigation is continuing and urge anyone with information about the double shooting to call JSO at 904-630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS to remain anonymous.

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