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4 people shot multiple times inside Southside apartment

Jacksonville police, firefighters in haz-mat suits investigate scene

4 people shot multiple times inside Southside apartment
4 people shot multiple times inside Southside apartment

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Two men and two women were taken to a hospital after they were shot multiple times Wednesday night at an apartment complex, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said.

The shooting was reported about 9:45 p.m. at Volaris West Kernan Apartments, on Beach Boulevard at Kernan Boulevard. A Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said the two men had life-threatening injuries and the two women involved are expected to be OK.

It was still an active crime scene most of Thursday and the Sheriff’s Office’s mobile clandestine lab and a Jacksonville Fire-Rescue hazardous materials team arrived to assist.

A spokesperson for JSO said an incident happened in the apartment before the shooting but didn’t elaborate. The heavily-redacted incident report indicates there is one suspect, but it wasn’t clear if that person is one of the injured or is at large.

Police interviewed neighbors and planned to speak with the people shot at the hospital once they’re able to.

Neighbors said the apartment involved is in the middle of the complex on the first floor. The complex is less than a year old.

A woman who did not want to identify herself told News4Jax that her 29-year-old brother lives in the apartment and was one of those hospitalized with serious injuries. She also said that he has cameras in the apartment.

JFRD told News4Jax they checked police officers for chemical exposure at the scene for exposure but no one had to be decontaminated.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 904-630-0500 or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

Aerial of apartment complex at corner of Beach and Kernan boulevards.
Aerial of apartment complex at corner of Beach and Kernan boulevards. (WJXT/Sky 4)

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