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JSO warns Ortega, Avondale and Riverside businesses to be on alert

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Updated: 7/09/2013 12:41 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Armed, dangerous and on the loose. One man is believed to be responsible for a least two robberies at gunpoint -- one at an Ortega CVS and a second at an Avondale restaurant. Two people were shot. One has died. And now multiple communities are terrified.

"He told him just to show me where the money's at. And he didn't have no money," said witness Tyler Lumley of the shooting at Mojo No. 4 in Avondale. Lumley and his co-worker Robert Sutton, 53, were cleaning the exhaust system at the restaurant early Monday morning. Sutton was shot and killed.

Police say a similar incident happened at a CVS in Ortega, just down the road. A clerk there was shot and taken to the hospital. Police think the robbery attempts are connected.

Police have now said this case is not connected to a robbery rampage on the Westside Sunday morning.

"It's a scary thing," said Mossfire Grill bartender Kyle Klehm. It's a sobering scare for this late night bartender. Klehm closes up shop with minimal staff. 

"We do do a pretty good job around here of locking the doors after hours, not letting anybody in, not even employees, anybody at all," Klehm said.

Monday night, police were meeting with area business owners with a serious warning: alert your staff there have been multiple armed robberies. Show them the picture of the suspect inside CVS. And don't take it lightly there's an armed gunman on the loose.

It's a talk Mossfire's owner has already had with the workers. They've even implemented new rules. "Make sure nobody leaves here by themselves at any time. Kind of the buddy system type deal," said Klehm.

He just hopes it doesn't take the officers long to make an arrest. "Someone's just trying to do their job and make some money and somebody comes in there and ends their life. That's a terrible thing. I wouldn't wish that upon my worst enemy so hopefully they catch him and we don't have to worry anything anymore," Klehm said.

If you know anything, call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS. You can remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward.

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