Close Call: JFRD crew caught in the line of fire during deadly drive-by shooting

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Members of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department were caught in the line of fire during what they described as a deadly drive-by shooting that happened Tuesday afternoon on the Westside.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said two people are in custody after a man in a wheelchair was found shot and killed in a driveway off Barracuda Road.

No arrests have been announced by JSO.

While a rescue crew was responding to an unrelated medical call, bullets started flying, putting them and the entire community in danger.

JFRD spokesman Captain Eric Prosswimmer said the crew was dodging bullets from the shooting just inches away, but no one was hit. He described JFRD running into the house where they were responding and Army crawling to dodge the bullets hitting the screen door.

“[It was] really close, feet, enough to make it where you think about your future and everything. Not something that we should be put through,” Prosswimmer said.

Prosswimmer said the rescue team was protecting each other and the patient as people walked down the street shooting.

“These people that are doing it have no regard for human life and for innocent people. How many people have we lost because of senseless shootings?” Prosswimmer said.

Once the police cleared the scene, JFRD transported the patient and returned to the scene to give statements to investigators.

JFRD is now a part of the shooting investigation.


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