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Police search for gunman after shooting in high-rise apartment lobby

Shooter opened fire during argument with victims in Spring Park apartment, police say

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man and woman were shot Thursday morning in the lobby of a high-rise apartment complex in Spring Park, and police are searching for the gunman.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the man and woman know the shooter and got into an argument with him before he opened fire around 3 a.m. in the lobby of the Philips Pointe Apartments.

Police said the man ran off before officers arrived.

One of the victims was treated at the scene and the other was taken to an area hospital. Neither had life-threatening injuries, police said.

Police said the complex has cameras in the lobby, but they are working to get access to see if the shooting was captured on video.

Some tenants said they didn’t know what happened.

“I heard about it on the news this morning. I couldn’t believe it,” said Hastena Jones.

“We were saddened to hear of the incident that happened at our community this morning. We are grateful that those who were injured are expected to make a full recovery. We are committed to the safety of our residents. Our community has controlled access entry and surveillance cameras. We have shared surveillance footage with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and are working with them to resolve this matter.”

Anyone with information about the shooting or the location of the gunman is asked to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office at 904-630-0500 or email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward up to $3,000 if your tip leads to an arrest, contact CrimeStoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

The Philips Pointe Apartment complex was formerly named the Jacksonville Townhouse Apartments, where five residents were injured and 200 were displaced in a 2017 fire that ended with a $75,000 settlement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Management sent a statement that reads:

“We were saddened to hear of the incident that happened at our community this morning. We are grateful that those who were injured are expected to make a full recovery. We are committed to the safety of our residents. Our community has controlled access entry and surveillance cameras. We have shared surveillance footage with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and are working with them to resolve this matter.”


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