Teenager wounded in drive-by shooting at apartment on Old Kings Road

JSO: Victim expected to survive, two apartments also hit by bullets

By Roxy Tyler - Web producer, Maggie Lorenz - Multi-media journalist

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A teenager was shot in a drive-by shooting Sunday afternoon at the Kings Trail Apartment complex, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Sgt. Jason Bailey said the man, who is in his late teens, was rushed to a hospital but should survive his wounds.

He said bullets from the shooting at 1:15 p.m. on Old Kings Road also hit a couple of apartments at the complex but no one was home and no one else was hurt. There are bullet holes in at least two windows at the apartment complex, including the windows of the apartment where Manrique Lopez-Sales is residing.

Johny Gonzales lives at the Kings Trail Apartment complex and said nothing like this has ever happened before.

"It’s crazy. I was inside the apartment when I heard the shots. Bang, bang, bang. I thought it was fireworks. I never thought it was shots, you know. Then I heard a fragment of the bullet hit the window. It's scary," Gonzales said.

He said on a typical afternoon, there are kids playing in the courtyard area, so, it's fortunate that no children were outside the apartment when the shots were fired.

Lopez-Sales has three children under the age of 5, and said through translation from Gonzales that he's worried. 

"He's concerned because he stays at work most of the time all day and he's afraid because he's got a bullet in the house," Gonzales said. "You've got an apartment with bullets. 

The name of the victim has not been released. 

Bailey said the motive for the gunfire is unclear and police don't have any suspects yet.

Anyone with information about the drive-by shooting at Kings Trail Apartments is asked to call JSO at 904-630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS (8477). 

 

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