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Jacksonville police respond to 5 shootings in less than 12 hours

Unrelated violence overnight leaves 1 person dead, several wounded

Picture shows the scene at the third shooting in less than 12 hours near the 7800 block of Lake Park Drive on the city's Westside.
Picture shows the scene at the third shooting in less than 12 hours near the 7800 block of Lake Park Drive on the city's Westside. (Copyright 2020 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It was another violent night of shootings in Jacksonville beginning Tuesday night and continuing into early Wednesday morning.

Last week, violence on Wednesday began a streak that left five people dead in seven shootings.

1 killed, 1 injured

The latest violence started Tuesday before 5:30 p.m. when officers responded to calls of shots fired at a gas station and convenience store on Edgewood Avenue West and Bunker Hill Boulevard near Interstate 95.

One man was killed and a woman was injured. Police suspect two or three people who were also in the store at the time of the shooting are in some way responsible.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office didn’t release a suspect description but said investigators are reviewing surveillance camera footage.

Passenger with gunshot wound

The next shooting was reported about four hours later. A spokesperson for JSO said an officer pulled over a vehicle that was driving erratically near the intersection of West 26th Street and Almeda Street and found a passenger in the vehicle had a gunshot wound and was being taken to a hospital by the driver.

The spokesperson for JSO said there was no suspect information for the shooter. Violent crimes detectives are in charge of the investigation.

The shooting victim is expected to be OK.

Police said this shooting wasn’t related to the earlier one Tuesday evening.

Injured man found

The third shooting was reported early Wednesday before 1:45 a.m. on Lake Park Drive south of Palmdale Street on the Westside of Jacksonville.

A spokesperson for JSO said officers found a man suffering from a non-life-threatening injury on the sidewalk.

He was taken to a hospital and will be OK.

JSO did not give any details about the circumstances of the shooting and provided no suspect description.

Man shot in foot

Another shooting was reported before 3:50 a.m. Wednesday. A spokesperson for JSO said a man at the scene near Nussbaum Drive and Ken Road was suffering from a gunshot wound to the foot and was taken to a hospital.

Police said the victim and his roommate were in an argument when both men drew guns on each other. One was shot.

After the shooting, the suspected shooter left the area armed with the gun.

Officers are actively searching for him.

Domestic dispute

A fifth shooting between family members was reported before 3:40 a.m. Wednesday.

Police said two women were in an argument when they shot each other.

Everyone suspected to be involved in that shooting is in custody, but the investigation is ongoing, according to police.

JSO is asking anyone who has information regarding any of the shootings to call them at 904-630-0500 or to email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. If you would like to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.


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