Neighbor describes ‘mayhem’ after woman shot in Southside apartment

Woman wounded by gunfire Saturday night in Auburn Glen Apartments, police say

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A day after a woman was wounded in a shooting inside her Southside Boulevard apartment, a neighbor described the chaotic scene to News4Jax, calling it “mayhem.”

Police were called to investigate the shooting at the Auburn Glen Apartments at about 9:35 p.m. Saturday.

The woman who was hit by the gunfire was taken to a hospital and is expected to be OK.

But the violence shook the community, including neighbor James Baker, who recounted what he saw Saturday night. He said as he was leaving for the store, he heard a commotion from the apartment next to his.

“This was about 9:15 or so -- I was going out; I play my lotteries,” Baker said. “You could hear it through the window, and the screaming and yelling and so I felt I needed to go up to the apartment, so I went up to the door and knocked two times real hard, and told them ‘Stop this madness. I called the police!’ So I went back downstairs and called 911 and told them what happened.”

Baker said when the yelling stopped briefly, he decided to leave, but as he was backing his car out, another neighbor stopped him.

“‘OMG. OMG. I heard gunfire. I heard gunfire,‘” the neighbor shouted.

Baker said he turned off his car, jumped out and went to the front of the building.

“(I) heard the kids in the apartment screaming and saying, ‘Ouch. Ouch.’ And the dog was barking, and all of a sudden they just came bolting out of the apartment, down the stairs, screaming and crying. The dog was right behind them. And mayhem took place,” Baker said. “I felt so helpless. I was on the phone with 911 and I said, ‘Hey, I just called you guys and we heard gunfire. And now the kids are screaming, “She shot my mommy. She shot my mommy.”’”

JSO said two people were inside the apartment at the time of the shooting and a witness told them after the shooting they saw another woman leaving the apartment going southbound.

Baker said the incident was disturbing and heartbreaking.

“Really, I wanted to grab the kids and make everything OK, but this is out of my hands,” Baker said.

Other neighbors said they were shocked because it’s a “pretty Safe” area and children play outside a lot.

It’s unclear if someone is in custody in connection with the shooting. News4Jax contacted the Sheriff’s Office for an update but we have not heard back yet. The apartment complex property manager declined to comment.

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