Oakleaf Publix shooting: Blood center hosts drive in honor of officer shot at Publix

by: Brittney Donovan, Action News Jax Updated:

A blood center is hosting a blood drive in honor of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer who was shot at Publix in Oakleaf.

Officials say the officer is in critical condition after he was shot several times while carrying groceries to his car.

He needed several blood transfusions after the shooting, and Orange Park Medical Center's blood supply was depleted, officials said.

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers plans to hold a blood drive at Orange Park Medical Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in honor of the officer.

LifeSouth is the sole provider of all blood to Orange Park Medical Center. It will have two bloodmobiles onsite for donors who would like to help by donating blood. 

Donors must be at least 17 or 16 with parental permission, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is required.

For more information or to find a blood drive, call 1-888-795-2707. 

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