JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Three older teenage boys were shot Saturday morning at Mallison Park off Lenox Avenue in the Lackawanna neighborhood.
According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, around 3:10 am, the three were found by the basketball court on Day Avenue.
All three had non-life-threatening injuries and Jacksonville Fire and Rescue transported them to the hospital.
According to our News4Jax records, there have been five teens shot and killed this year -- including a 14, 16, 17 and two 19 year olds. At least 17 children have been shot, including accidental incidents.
“You have to get to young people at an early age when they’re in their most impressionable state and teach them and train them and mentor them,” said News4Jax crime & safety expert Ken Jefferson.
LIVE AT 6 — Police say 3 teens in hospital after having been shot at a Mallison Park on the Lackawanna off Lenox Ave. JSO on scene investigating. Investigators say a white sedan, possibly a Kia, was seen leaving the area after shooting. If you know anything, call police. @wjxt4 pic.twitter.com/quiGZu1F9Z— Brittany Muller (@BrittMullerNews) June 19, 2021
JSO is still investigating the shooting. Officers say a white sedan, possibly a Kia, was seen leaving the scene.
News4Jax spoke with a resident who did not want to be identified. He said kids and teens are frequently out at the basketball courts.
“Very concerning, it’s about the third shooting that has happened in the area,” the resident said about the violence within the past several months. “I am trying to move, that’s all I can do for my family to get us in a safe place.”
If you have any information, contact the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office at (904) 630-0500, CrimeStoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS or email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org.