JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Criminals won't get away with hurting innocent people on Wyllie Hodges' watch. Hodges, of Crime Stoppers, was referring to the weekend shooting of 13-year-old Jazmine Shelton and 14-year-old Megan Simmons. The JSO veteran says he has seen tragedies nobody should ever have to and that hardened him over time. But "You're never able to harden yourself against children getting shot," he said.
That's why he's upping to ante against accused murderers increasing the Crime Stoppers rewards up to $3,000 for information that leads to an arrest.
"Let's let them know that we're sick and tired of it," said Hodges. "Let's let them know that there's a bounty on their head and somebody will turn them in."
The bounty on the suspects accused of shooting these little girls is now up to $4,000 with the help of an anonymous local business.
"You're not going to get away with this," said Hodges.
He said he's filed tens of thousands of tips that have helped solve 96 local murders, but he says few have struck him as hard as this weekend's incident.
"We need to get our priorities back in line. People are getting killed out here every day, children," he said.
You can reach Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.