JSO: Shooting victim’s story doesn’t add up

Man claims he was shot in Taco Bell parking lot, but officer says no gunshots were heard

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Police are trying to piece together how a man ended up shot in Jacksonville early Friday morning.

The shooting victim arrived at the hospital with a gunshot wound after midnight and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office was called. The victim told officers that he was sitting in a car at the Taco Bell on Atlantic Boulevard near Southside Boulevard when someone shot him and fled the scene.

However, a JSO officer, who was in the parking lot behind the Taco Bell during the timeframe the victim said the shooting occurred, never heard gunshots. There was also no evidence a shooting occurred there.

Officers said the victim then changed his story and said there were multiple shooters. As questioning continued, police said there were more inconsistencies in his claim, including the way he got to the hospital.

The man originally said the driver of the car he was in took him to the hospital, but when the police asked to speak to them, the victim could not reach or find the driver.

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Investigators are asking anyone who has information regarding this shooting to call them at (904) 630-0500 or to email them at JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. If you would like to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.