Police: Man shot, killed after argument in Arlington

Neighbors on edge over uptick in violent crime

By Zachery Lashway - Reporter/anchor, Ronnie Rodgers - Associate Producer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A man was shot and killed Friday night after an argument in Arlington, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Officers responding to Dalehurst Drive West just after 10:30 p.m. found a man in his 30s shot at least once. When Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department personnel arrived, paramedics said the man was dead.

Neighbors said they heard arguing before shots rang out.

Police said two people who knew the victim were detained at the scene and interviewed at the homicide office. It was unclear if they are suspects. 

Detectives said they were not looking for any other suspects at this time.

Crime concerns

Arlington has seen an apparent uptick in violent crime recently, with seven people killed in the neighborhood since the beginning of the year, including four in the last two months.

Neighbors said they're on edge because of the increase in crime.

A woman who's lived in Arlington for 19 years said gang fighting between Lauderdale and Dalehurst was a major problem in the past, but it was resolved and the area had five short years of peace.

"Then some of the elderly in our neighborhood passed away or moved away to retire and they rent their homes out," said the woman, who asked not to be identified. "I am not afraid of people. I am afraid of our new culture."

She said the crime returned after the older neighbors left.

"I can see the cars, and I can hear the 'bang, bang, bang, bang,'" she said, including Friday's homicide, which was feet from her home.

Now, she said, it's her turn to move on.

"We’ve been here long enough, and we have seen the changes," she said. "My son cannot play in the front yard. He has to play in the backyard. We go to my parents' (house), which is a ways away from here, just so he can have peace, no fighting, no kid telling him he is going to shoot him."

Another woman, whom News4Jax is also not identifying, said the shooting has made the neighborhood so dangerous that it's impacting her son's life.

"He has a bike, and he hasn't even been out to ride it, not yet," she said. "Out of fear, and what I have seen before."

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