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Jacksonville woman charged in Northside murder

Suspect detained in Cobb County, Georgia, a day after the June 21 shooting

Dawn Browning is charged with second-degree murder in a June 21 shooting at a Northside restaurant.
Dawn Browning is charged with second-degree murder in a June 21 shooting at a Northside restaurant. (Copyright 2021 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Jacksonville woman has been arrested in a deadly shooting in June that unfolded outside of a Northside restaurant, the Sheriff’s Office announced Friday.

Dawn Michelle Browning, 28, is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of the 37-year-old victim, whose name has not been released. She remains in custody without bond.

The shooting victim was found lying on the ground in the parking lot of a Dunn Avenue fast food restaurant about 1 p.m. June 21, according to JSO. He was taken to a hospital where he died of his injuries.

Surveillance video reviewed by police showed the victim running from a nearby business like he was being chased, according to Browning’s arrest warrant. The footage showed a woman inside a red vehicle pull up next to the victim, point a handgun at him and open fire.

The warrant said a witness who saw the shooter speeding away provided investigators with the vehicle’s tag number. Based on that detail, investigators identified Browning as the suspect. The vehicle’s information was then entered into a national crime database.

The next day, police in Cobb County, Georgia, notified JSO that the red vehicle had been located and the suspect was arrested on drug and weapons charges, according to the arrest warrant.

A JSO detective traveled to Cobb County to interview Browning on June 23. The warrant said Browning told police the shooting victim had stolen money from her boyfriend and they confronted him when they spotted him walking along Dunn Avenue.

Some of what Browning told investigators was redacted from the arrest warrant.

Browning was extradited to Jacksonville Wednesday and was booked into the Duval County jail on the second-degree murder charge.