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Teen shot in car in Fort Caroline highlights violent weekend in Jacksonville

8 people injured in 6 different shootings

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said a teenager was found in a car with a bullet wound to his neck on Fort Caroline Road Sunday afternoon.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said a teenager was found in a car Sunday afternoon with a bullet wound to his neck on Fort Caroline Road.

Police said it believes the teen was shot once, possibly in the parking lot of the Topaz Plaza apartment complex, around 3:30 p.m. and drove east on Fort Caroline Road before he stopped and called police.

JSO said the teen, who is believed to be younger than 18, is expected to recover.

The Sunday afternoon shooting marks a violent weekend in the River City. At least eight people were shot over two days, according to police.

Earlier on Sunday, JSO responded to two shootings, one on the Westside and in Northwest Jacksonville.

A pregnant Jacksonville woman was injured Sunday when shots were fired toward home on Melissa Court, just off Ricker Road, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

JSO said the woman in her 20s was on the front porch around 2 p.m. when someone driving a grey car, possibly a Chrysler, pulled up and fired multiple shots into the home. The woman was hit by one of the bullets but she is expected to recover, JSO said.

About 2:30 a.m. Sunday, officers responding to the North Main Street near the 20th Street Expressway found a man suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. Jacksonville Fire and Rescue took the victim to a local hospital for treatment.

There were three separate shootings on Saturday, one of which was deadly.

A 72-year-old man was shot in the chest in the backyard of a home on West 14th Street on Saturday and died at the hospital, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office also responded to calls of shots fired in the area of Norfolk Boulevard, north of Soutel Drive, about 8 p.m. Saturday.

Arriving officers said they found multiple bullet casings and blood on the roadway. Authorities say three people, two men and one woman, showed up at local hospitals with multiple gunshot wounds after the shooting. They are all in stable condition.

There was also a shooting on Sunnybrook Avenue South. Officers found a man in his mid-40s who was shot in the leg. The man was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Anyone with information about any of the shootings is asked to contact JSO at 904-6300-0500 or CrimeStoppers at 866-845-TIPS.


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