JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Two young men, possibly teenagers, were shot during a drug-related robbery Sunday afternoon on the city's Westside, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
It happened about 2 p.m. at an apartment complex on 103rd Street at Monroe Smith Road.
According to the police report, a man went to the complex to meet with a woman who contacted him about buying some THC gummies. Police said he walked past three young men and got into a car with the woman to make the deal and that's when two of the young men approached, one with a gun in hand, and demanded everything he had. The man with the gummies pushed the gun away, and was shot in the leg, police said. He managed to shoot back, according to the incident report.
Later on, according to police, one of the robbers showed up at an area hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest.
The Sheriff's Office said it recovered the gummies.
Both shooting victims were listed in stable condition at last check. Sgt. Jaime Eason described the victims as being younger in age, but he was not certain whether they were teenagers.
A neighbor told News4Jax a boy seen walking away from the scene after the gunfire appeared to flag down a passing vehicle.
"He looked like he was signaling for help," the neighbor recalled. "When they stopped and got out, he collapsed on the ground."
Jacksonville has been a deadly city for teenagers over the past year. On Dec. 18, 2018, we brought you a story about 13 cases of teenage homicides in 2018.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS (8477).
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