Community outrage grows after another shooting at Northside Jacksonville hotel

Police say 20-year-old man has life threatening injuries

(WJXT 2020)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Police are investigating another shooting at the Golden Rush Inn on Harts Road. A spokesperson for Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said a man was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries Sunday evening after someone shot him outside one of the rooms.

There’s no description of the shooter but police said they’re searching for a gunman and added there was no danger to the community.

Community members have called for the hotel to be shut down after hundreds of incidents and there this year alone. Many of seven fatal shootings on Harts Road this year are connected to the hotel. Last month, people picketed outside and held up signs, saying it’s a danger to the area.

After Sunday’s night’s shooting, Jacksonville Councilman Reggie Gaffney renewed his calls for shut down.

“I’m going to be honest with you, I think it’s drugs. I’m not gonna hide that. This is a bunch of drugs. I think the landlord knows that, the whole community knows that, you can ask any person that lives on the Northside of town. And the first thing they’ll tell you, if you’re talking about Gold Rush, it’s infected with drugs,” Gaffney said.

Police records in show crimes varying from domestic violence, burglaries, fights and shootings occurred regularly at the Gold Rush Inn in 2020.

About the Author:

Ashley Harding joined the Channel 4 news team in March 2013 and reports every weekday for The Morning Show.