‘I thought it was over’: Woman describes moment men broke into Westside home, held her & nephew, 4, at gunpoint

Dog also shot in nose during home robbery invasion

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The woman who was inside a Westside home when three men broke in and held her and her nephew at gunpoint shared what happened during that terrifying moment.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday a home on 103rd Street, west of Old Middleburg Road South, was invaded by three men.

A woman, who News4JAX is not identifying for safety purposes, said she and her 4-year-old nephew were watching tv when she heard a knock at the door.

“I went to the door. I looked out and I saw two, just two kids, like 16 to 17 years old,” she told News4JAX.

The woman said she responded, “Give me a second” to the men and that’s when the family’s surveillance camera shows three men rushing into the home.

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“I got scared. I started screaming and told them to take whatever they want,” she said.

She said one man held her at gunpoint while another had her nephew on the couch and the other took items out of the home.

During the robbery, one of the suspects shot the dog, which was inside a kennel, in the nose.

The woman described being terrified because she believe once the dog was shot that the gunman would turn on her.

“I just kept saying, ‘Please don’t shoot me,’ then next thing I knew they were gone,” she said.

Now the family is working to get the bullet removed from the dog’s nose. The woman said the dog is recovering okay, just “way more aggressive now.”

“We definitely have to keep in mind who we bring over to the house. She’s still so sweet. I doubt she will bite anyone still to this day, but we definitely want to make sure that she is okay because the bullet is still largely in her nose,” the woman said.

The family started a GoFundMe to help with the dog’s care.

Efforts to identify the suspects have not been successful and JSO is asking the community for help.

If you have any information on this incident, call 904-630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.