10-year-old girl wounded in shooting outside Baymeadows motel

Two girls are recovering after police say they were injured when shots were fired outside the America's Best Inn on Dix Ellis Trail. This is the third time the motel has made the news recently.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 10-year-old girl who was wounded Wednesday evening after she was shot at a motel on Dix Ellis Trail was expected to survive her injuries, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Lt. Silcox, with the Sheriff’s Office, said police were called to the scene just after 8 p.m. He said investigators determined there was some sort of altercation, saying a man on the top level of the motel was arguing with people in a sedan.

He said the man on the second floor began firing shots at the vehicle, which fled the scene.

“During the shooting, the 10-year-old female and an 11-year-old female began running, and that’s when the 10-year-old was struck with a bullet,” Silcox said.

He added that the 11-year-old was treated for an injury at the scene, but she was not transported. Silcox said it didn’t appear she’d been shot.

Silcox couldn’t confirm whether the two girls lived at the complex.

The scene officers were investigating was at the America’s Best Inn. If the name of the motel sounds familiar, News4JAX on Tuesday reported that residents of the motel were forced to move out of the building after it was deemed structurally unsafe. A building inspector found there was damage to the second-floor landing between rooms 109 and 200 in Building No. 1, according to a city compliance report.