Dramatic video captures moment gunfire erupts in Westside neighborhood

1 person was wounded in shooting, police say

By Erik Avanier - Reporter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - One person was shot in what police described as an armed dispute Wednesday afternoon on Jacksonville's Westside.

The shooting happened on Glendas Meadow Drive north of 103rd Street. The Sheriff's Office said multiple shots were fired, and one person was shot. That person's injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

RAW VIDEO: Neighbor witnesses shots fired from driveway

Neighbors told News4Jax it started as an argument between what appeared to be two groups of young people.

Erik Avanier spoke to News4Jax crime and safety analyst Ken Jefferson about the video.

Q: Ken, you're a former JSO officer, if you were the officer assigned to investigate this and you saw that video, what stands out?

"Well what stands out is that the shooters are ruthless and they're careless," Jefferson said. "This is a neighborhood highly populated with familes, bullets are flying everywhere, the bullets can stray away from their intended target and go through homes and hit innocent victims. That's the most scariest part.

"But let me be clear about this one part, had the police rolled up while this was actually going on and they were told that there were young people or young children with these weapons, it would not matter because that gun could hurt a police officer or anyone else, so they would have to take matters into their own hands, as far as possibly using deadly force if they had to."

Q: When you see how young those kids look and you see the weapons that they're using and you know there's a gun battle playing out, I'm sure the next question is: Where did they get the gun?

"That's the most compelling question. Was it in someone's home? Did they steal it? How did they get this gun? How young are these people, these children with these guns?

Q: Detectives are going to look at that video, they're going to analyze that video, do you think that based on what they can see at some point they might be able to make an arrest.

  "The video gives us more than what the naked eye can see to investigators. So they'll come back out ... they'll continue their investigation ... they'll go from those little tidbits of that video that they can glean from and start their investigation that way."

No arrests were immediately announced in the shooting.

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