Police: 2 teens shot at while riding bikes

By Francesca Amiker - Reporter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) is still trying to figure out who shot at two teenagers as they rode bikes near the front of a Northwest Jacksonville apartment complex Monday night.

According to investigators, Tyresse Mulliens and Bernard Milshap were on their bikes just before 6 p.m. at the Hilltop Village Apartments on West 45th Street just off Moncrief Road when shots were fired.

Police don't know much about who is responsible for this drive-by, but only that they are looking for a silver truck or SUV.

One of the teens was shot in the upper leg and taken to UF Health with non-life threatening injuries. The other teen was not injured. Now people in the complex are asking that changes be made.

For Shandrika Porter, a resident at Hilltop Village Apartments, and her 2-year-old son, Tuesday is a normal day. But Monday, as she was coming in from playing with her niece outside, it was anything but normal. As the door opened, she heard gunshots.

“Basically I was speechless. Because like I said, it could have been my baby or my niece or anybody else's kids or brother or sister that could've been hit,” Porter said.

A bullet hole can be seen in the front door of the complex office. Nobody inside was injured from that bullet, but Porter said much of the violence could be avoided.

“Get security back out here. They had security out here, just don't know what happened to them. Everything happens after the office closes,” Porter said. “Like I said, stay in the house, watch your kids and have a watchful eye.”

JSO said Monday night they didn't think the teens were targeted or that this shooting was gang related. Porter said it seems like a lot of the crime that happens in the area is caused by people who don't live there. She said she's ready to move out and get away from it.

“It's just too much and it's getting too close to home. I'm in the apartments already, I don't want it to be behind my building. It could be my building next,” Porter said. “My baby plays outside too much. I can't deal with that.”

Other neighbors at the complex today said that they were inside last night when they heard the gunshots, so they didn't see any cars leaving the area.

The JSO Violent Crimes Task Force is investigating the incident and reviewing surveillance camera footage in the area to try to identify the vehicle and the shooter.

If you have any information about this shooting, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

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