Man charged in fatal shooting at Westside business

killed at 103rd Street gas station, Jacksonville police say

Booking photo of Peter Knox
Booking photo of Peter Knox (Jacksonville Sheriff's Office)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Police said a suspect identified after an April 12 shooting at a gas station/convenience store on 103rd Street was arrested on charges of armed robbery and murder, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office announced Friday.

Peter Knox, 24, was arrested three days after police said a man was shot during a drug deal at about 9 p.m., but the arrest was just announced on Friday.

Police at the time said there were five people in the store at the time and were interviewed as witnesses.

The victim, who died at a hospital, was not named. Jacksonville police no longer release identify of victims of crime due to Florida’s Marsy’s Law.

The arrest report said surveillance video shows Knox and another man walking up to the victim’s car and getting inside. After a few seconds, the victim gets out of the car and appears to be shot. Police said that Knox get out, runs to his vehicle and drives away. A witness proved police with the tag number of the the fleeing vehicle.

After the arrest, the report said Knox initially lied about what happened but when confronted with the facts, said he and his associated planned to steal marijuana and money from the victim. He claimed he was not the shooter but was already running away from the car when he heard gunshots.