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Police believe man was shot elsewhere, found dead in parking lot

Jacksonville homicide detectives don’t yet have suspect or vehicle description

Police believe man was shot elsewhere, found dead in parking lot
Police believe man was shot elsewhere, found dead in parking lot

JACKSONVILLE, FLa. – Homicide detectives are investigating after a body was found early Tuesday morning in a parking lot of a Kohl’s store in a shopping plaza on Atlantic at Kernan boulevards.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said it received a call about a person unresponsive about 7 a.m. Tuesday. Upon arrival, officers found a man’s body with a single gunshot wound in the space between two parked cars. Detectives think the person was shot at a different location and then left in the parking lot of the shopping center where he died.

A crime scene was established and evidence technicians investigated the scene. The only witness to the incident was a person passing by in the parking lot who noticed the body.

Officers said it’s still early in the investigation and they had was no suspect or vehicle description available.

Investigators said they were scrubbing through surveillance camera footage from stores in the area, hoping to figure out how the victim ended up there.

“The cameras are very significant because it can make a determination as to whether or not the victim drove himself there, was he driven there and left, if there was a second or third party involved,” said News4Jax crime and safety expert Ken Jefferson.

Kyle Britt said he was shocked that a person was found shot to death not far from where he lives.

“(It’s) normally quiet around here,” Britt said. “It seems like crime is ever-expanding this way.”

JSO’s crime mapping tool does show a considerable amount of crime near Tuesday’s scene. In the last four weeks: Police have worked 18 thefts, four assaults and two burglaries within a one-mile radius of the intersection of Atlantic and Kernan.

This shopping center is the same one where a van nearly hit a group of Republicans registering voters. It’s also the same spot a car crashed through the wall of a dentist’s office.

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