1 dead, 1 injured after drive-by shooting on Jacksonville highway

One man is dead and another man is hurt after a drive-by shooting on Martin Luther King Junior Parkway early Sunday morning.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – One man died and another man was injured in a drive-by shooting Sunday morning on a northwest Jacksonville highway.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, two men were riding in a car on Martin Luther King Parkway near Canal Street around 2 a.m. when someone driving a “dark-colored sedan” pulled up next to them, shot into the car at least six times and sped off.

JSO said the victims tried to drive away but lost control and the car flipped into a ditch.

The driver died at a nearby hospital and the passenger was hurt but expected to survive, JSO said.

Investigators are now looking for answers and hoping there is surveillance video from nearby businesses.

So far no arrests have been made, JSO said.

News4JAX crime and safety expert Ken Jefferson said the combination of events made it extremely dangerous for anyone in the area at that time, especially anyone else who was driving.

“It is very difficult to stop on the dime at that particular point. So this very easily could have had more than one victim in this particular incident,” Jefferson said.

Within the last month in the area of the shooting, there have been 14 reports of vandalism, 13 burglaries, eight assaults and eight car break-ins.

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