64-year-old man arrested after shooting in St. Augustine park
Police with rifles urge people to stay inside until suspect was in custody
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – A 64-year-old man accused of shooting a man in a St. Augustine park Tuesday was taken into custody about an hour after the gunfire.
Derick Eubanks was ordered to be held without bond when he faced a judge Wednesday morning on a charge of aggravated battery. He was already out on bond for previous charges when the shooting took place.
Police said officers called to Eddie Vickers Park on Riberia Street in St. Augustine's Lincolnville neighborhood about 10:45 a.m. Tuesday found a man on the ground with a gunshot wound.
The victim, who has not been named, told police Eubanks shot him. The man, who was shot in the back, was then flown to Orange Park Medical Center. He is reported to be in stable condition.
After police tweeted that residents of the area should stay inside, officers with rifles, joined by the city's SWAT team, St. Johns County deputies and U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, searched the neighborhood around the park, where a bicycle on a sidewalk was surrounded by crime scene tape.
A few minutes after noon, police announced that a suspect was in custody.
WATCH: Man arrested after shooting
Eubanks was previously arrested in March on charges of battery, marijuana possession and resisting arrest.
The wounded man's sister, Martha Walker, was stunned he had been hurt. When she came to the park to get answers, she could barely speak. The man's family left to visit him at the hospital.
Copyright 2019 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.