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Police: Man shot, killed at park in Lake Forest neighborhood

Jacksonville police say 2 men took off in white vehicle after deadly shooting

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man was shot and killed Sunday afternoon at a park in the Lake Forest neighborhood of Northwest Jacksonville, according to police.

Sgt. Adam Blinn, with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit, said police responded about 1:30 p.m. to a shooting on Concord Circle, near Edgewood Avenue West and Interstate 95. Officers found a man suffering from at least one gunshot wound. The man, who friends and neighbors said lived in the area, died at the scene.

Family members identified the victim as Tavoris Oliver, 25. Although relatives were not ready to speak on camera, they told News4Jax Tavoris was kind, loving, sweet, respectful and funny. His mother on Monday released the following statement:

“We are saddened by the death of Tavoris Oliver. Tavoris was known as a loving, caring, and fun spirited individual. Tavoris always worked to keep others smiling. This is a tragic time for me and my family. If anyone has any information, please contact law enforcement and help my family get justice.”

Tavoris Pratt, left, identified by family members as the victim of a shooting in the Lake Forest neighborhood Sunday, stands next to his father, right.
Tavoris Pratt, left, identified by family members as the victim of a shooting in the Lake Forest neighborhood Sunday, stands next to his father, right.

According to Blinn, it’s believed the shooting happened at a park. He said there were no children there at the time.

Blinn said investigators learned two men took off in a white vehicle after the shooting.

Homicide detectives are investigating, and Blinn said four witnesses were taken to JSO headquarters downtown to be questioned.

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

Jacksonville police investigate a shooting Sunday on Concord Circle.
Jacksonville police investigate a shooting Sunday on Concord Circle. (WJXT)

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