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Witnesses say they tried to keep pair alive after double shooting

By Ashley Harding - Reporter, Brittany Jones - Reporter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville police are investigating a double shooting that killed a man and injured a woman.

Officers say the two were shot Thursday night, just before 10 p.m. at the Plaza Apartments on University Club Boulevard across from Fort Caroline Middle School.

Both were taken to the hospital where investigators said the 22-year-old man died. The woman is recovering from non-life-threatening injuries.

Detectives say the relationship of the man and woman is unclear at this time but the Sheriff's Office is not looking for a suspect and no arrests have been made in the case.

Witnesses told News4Jax the woman said the man was her child's father.

Witnesses intervene

Three witnesses told News4Jax that they didn't know the two but still tried to keep the man and woman alive after the shooting. Neighbors said they heard about five shots and immediately ran to help.

"The blood was coming out of his back. She was on her knees straddling him," Joanna Hembree said.

They said they performed chest compressions in the parking lot, but it was too late for the man.

"I was just talking to him, telling him, 'Wake up. Wake up. Stay with us,'" Amber Brown said.

Brown and Hembree said they won’t be able to erase the memory of the man's life fading in front of their eyes. 

“I just felt the life come out of him. That’s something you’ll never forget,” Brown said. “He gave me four gasps and that last gasp you could feel it; he was gone.”

Casey Cobbs said she helped the woman while others focused on the man.

“I put pressure on her chest and on the back of her arm right here where the actual bullet hole was,” Cobb said, describing the scene. “I stuck my finger in her arm to stop the bleeding and took out and put the towel on.”

While Brown and Hembree couldn’t save the man, they said they believe it's very important for anyone to have those lifesaving skills. 

“She jumped right into action and did what she needed to do and tried to save his life,” Hembree said. “I think everybody should take a class to learn it.”

It’s still unclear why and how the two were shot.

The witnesses said they're all hoping JSO will find out exactly what happened.

“Nobody deserves to die like that,” Hembree said. “It had to have been up close and personal. He was shot in the chest.”

Back-to-back double shootings

This is the second double shooting in Jacksonville in just days. 

On Wednesday night, two women were shot in the Hillcrest neighborhood of the city’s westside. One woman was said to be in critical condition, while the other was stable.

READ MORE: 2 women shot in Hillcrest neighborhood

Police said the suspect car followed the two women, indicating they were targeted. While one man drove the car, officers said the shooter stood up through the sunroof and fired between 30 and 40 shots.

No one has been arrested in that case.

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