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Sheriff Rutherford: Deadly shooting of teenage girls not a random act of violence

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Updated: 8/12/2013 3:01 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Sheriff John Rutherford held a rare Saturday morning news briefing on a deadly shooting that occurred overnight in Northwest Jacksonville that left one teenager dead and a second clinging to life.

Police say Jazmine Shelton, 13, and Meagan Simmons,14, were at home in the 5200 block of Missouri Avenue when shots rang out around 4:45 a.m. 

Both teenagers were hit by the bullets, according to Rutherford.

Shelton was pronounced dead at the scene and Simmons was transported to UF Health Jacksonville in critical condition.

Rutherford says that Saturday morning's shooting reminds him of the 2006 murder of 8-year-old DreShawna Davis – a murder that struck Jacksonville city leaders to the core.

[Suspects in DreShawna Davis case face judge]

Police have yet to release detailed information on the suspects but do say the teenagers were not the victims of a random act of violence.

Detectives are seeking the city's help on the shooting and are urging residents need to step up and tell them what happened.

Call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS if you have any information. You will remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000 if your tip leads to an arrest.

Action News will have complete coverage online and have a full recap of the story on Action News at 10 on FOX30 and on Action News on CBS47 at 11.

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mzjay01 - 8/12/2013 12:50 PM
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they were recording off of their IPAD duuhh.....its a cover on it

Pinksweetz - 8/12/2013 11:08 AM
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If that person hiding did not want to be on camera, why stand in full view of the camera! Duh! That's ridiculous!

RetiredJSO - 8/12/2013 8:44 AM
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Nope person hiding face is not Angela, not old enough or large enough.

nativejax - 8/12/2013 5:46 AM
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In that video of Rutherford, did anyone else see the person hiding her face behind a book? Sure looked like Angela Corey....hmmmm

c9bcrewman - 8/11/2013 8:44 AM
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my gosh let the children grow up a waste.

wishmistress - 8/10/2013 1:36 PM
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SOMEONE SAW this thug/s shoot these children in this home! Step up and work towards a safer place for ALL our children.

cheriamour - 8/10/2013 1:13 PM
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People who desire to cause destruction in communities will self-destruct. Those who work to cause chaos will inflict chaos upon their own souls. Instead households should work to improve, and sustain what God has given us.
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