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Jacksonville police: 15-year-old among 3 injured in shooting at Picketville park

Witnesses told police man came out of woods, pointed pistol at basketball courts, began firing

Jacksonville police investigate a shooting Sunday afternoon at a park on Richardson Road. (WJXT)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Three people, including a 15-year-old, were injured in a shooting Sunday afternoon at a park in the Picketville neighborhood, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said.

Officers responded about 12:15 p.m. to the shooting at the J. Gardner Sams Memorial Park on Richardson Road, off of New Kings Road.

Police said they saw multiple people leaving the park and then they made their way to the basketball court, where they found three people — between the ages of 15 and 38 — with gunshot wounds to their lower bodies. Two of the victims were taken to UF Health hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and the third victim — a 15-year-old who suffered a graze wound to the ankle — was not transported to the hospital, police said.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, witnesses said a man came through the woodline near the entrance of the park, pointed a pistol at the basketball court and began firing.

Police said the shooter took off before officers arrived.

Detectives continue to investigate.

According to figures compiled by News4Jax, eight people have been shot this weekend for a total of 348 this year. That’s compared to 389 shooting victims in 2019.

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