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Updated: 5/30/2013 11:52 pm

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- For the first time, we're hearing from the witnesses of multiple fights that took place in Jacksonville Beach on Memorial Day.

One of the victim's mothers says police didn't respond quickly enough to the brawl, but 911 calls obtained exclusively by Action News Thursday tell a different story.

Initially, police told Action News no witnesses to the fight called 911. They now explain that an officer was at the site of the first fight when it began, and called for backup. When the agency first reviewed their records, it appeared no one called 911 to notifiy them that a fight took place before police arrived. However, once the fight began to move south on the boardwalk, they say a number of witnesses began to call.

The first of what police believe totaled at least five fights that spanned 43 minutes occured in the dunes near the Jacksonville Beach pier at 7:18 p.m. One minute later, the first 911 call was made.

"This is JSO with a transfer mam. Go ahead with the address."

"Actually you guys are here, so it's all good. Police just showed up at the site," said the caller.

More 911 calls show how the chaos spread across the area. Police believe the three victims ran south, and were attacked repeatedly over the next six minutes. One of those attacks happened at the Sea Walk Pavilion, where Anthony Jones, the only victim to be identified so far, was stompped in the head.

"There was a group of men who just jumped on him and started banging his head into the ground," said the caller. "He's hurt. He's walking away. His friend picked him up and pulled the guys off of him. He's over here by the Quality Suites."

The dispatcher asked where the other people involved were located.

"I don't know. They ran off," said the caller.

When the ambulance arrived at the hotel six minutes later, Jones couldn't be found, but 13 minutes after that, his mother, now identifed as Stephanie West, also called 911.

"I need the, um, police or ambulance at the McDonald's on Jax Beach. They said about four other boys jumped my son."

"Are you there with your son now?"

"I'm trying to get there now," West said.

"You know for sure that he needs an ambulance?"

"I was talking to him and he was going in and out."

Rescue arrived at the McDonald's three minutes later at 7:47 p.m., but Jones was already gone.

About one hour later, Jones and two other males arrived at Memorial Hospital on the Southside, where they told doctors they'd been involved in a fight at the beach. By law, medical officials reported the fight to police.

So far, police have not made any arrests. They tell Action News Jones and the other two victims were not cooperating with police at first, but are now.

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Gunny48 - 5/31/2013 10:42 AM
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Unless you're within a few blocks and there's no traffic WAIT for Rescue! They have the tools & skill to deal with trauma ON BOARD - you don't.
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