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Man found dead inside Mandarin apartment

Jacksonville police find victim 30 minutes after initial report of shots fired

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man was found dead inside a Mandarin apartment early Sunday morning, about 30 minutes after police investigated reports of shots fired, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office said officers were originally called just before 2:15 a.m. to The Waterford at Mandarin Apartment Homes on San Jose Boulevard, south of Interstate 295, following reports of someone discharging a firearm. Police said they were unable to find any evidence of gunfire.

About 30 minutes later, the Sheriff’s Office and Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department personnel were dispatched about 2:50 a.m. to a report of an injured person at the same apartment complex. First responders found a man, described as being about 20 to 25 years old, dead inside an apartment. Police said it’s unclear how the man died.

A mother who lives at the complex said her children were freaked out because they all heard the gunfire Sunday morning.

News4Jax spoke with the property manager of the complex before she kicked us off the property. She said she had no information and referred us to the corporate number. News4Jax attempted to reach CMC Properties for comment, but it was closed, so we left a message.

At last check, detectives were speaking with witnesses and attempting to locate any video. Investigators asked people living in the area to review surveillance video between 1:45 a.m. and 3 a.m. to see whether their footage captured anyone who appeared to be suspicious.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 904-630-0500. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS (8477).

According to News4Jax records, Sunday’s homicide puts Jacksonville at 151 for 2019. Our records indicate that 2007 was the highest year for Jacksonville homicides, with 152.


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