Man shot in Wacko's parking lot, drives car into nearby businesses

Car creates major damage to 2 businesses across street from bar

By Allyson Henning - Reporter, Ronnie Rodgers - Associate Producer, Roxy Tyler - Web producer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville police are investigating after a man was shot in the parking lot of Wacko's Gentlemen's Club. The man, who is in his mid-30s, is expected to recover after getting shot, then crashing his car into a building, according to police. 

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office arrived about 2 a.m. to find an empty car dotted with bullet holes in front of a Boost Mobile and a massage business across the street. The front walls of the businesses were heavily damaged. 

Police believe the man was shot in the parking lot of Wacko's and he tried to drive off, but crashed into the businesses instead. 

Ten minutes later, JSO said a man showed up at Memorial Hospital with at least one gunshot wound.

Detectives said the victim, who has not been identified, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. It's unclear who took the man to the hospital.

Police investigating the shooting are looking to see if any nearby businesses have surveillance video, but so far don't know who shot the man or why.

A witness who wants to remain anonymous said it was a frightening ordeal.

"I mean, I was in shock, honestly the whole time I was in shock. I can’t believe that there was gunfire and at the time that we’re just trying to have a good time," said the witness. "So when we walked outside and we were waiting on a ride to go home, we were standing on the side of the road and there was a Camaro that was pulling out and a man come up right up to the Camaro and started firing at least four to five shots."  

"I guess the guy got hit, and he floored it and the car (went) into the building and then after he crashed into the building, he ran off and that’s when the cops showed up," said the witness.

So far, no arrests have been made. If you have any information that could lead police to the shooter, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS. 

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