2 hospitalized after attempted murder-suicide

Attempted murder-suicide

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A shooter and a victim are fighting for their lives at a hospital after an attempted murder-suicide.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office responded Thursday evening at the AvMed parking lot on Riverplace Boulevard on Jacksonville’s Southbank.

JSO said the two knew each other. Police identified the suspect as 58-year-old William Chase Jr. and the victim as 52-year-old Lynn Herriott. Chase's brother tells Action News Jax he also went by the name Dexter Levin, a name Chase used during his work as an undercover officer.

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Police say the Herriott had just left work. JSO said it started with an argument then Chase pulled out a gun and shot Herriott before turning the gun on himself.

A man who said he witnessed the incident talked to Action News Jax reporter Russell Colburn. The man, Chad Baumann, said he heard two gunshots and saw the entire area fill with police and paramedics shortly after.

“One of my coworkers, I hear him screaming, he’s like, ‘Somebody’s been shot, somebody’s been shot,'" Baumann said.

The witness said he and his coworkers rushed to help, finding the victim bleeding in her car, crying for help.

“The lady was sitting in the driver’s seat screaming for help, so  naturally my coworker was like ‘help’s coming, help’s coming,'" Baumann said.

Baumann said the shooter was laying nearby in a pool of blood with a handgun next to him.

Officials have not said where they were shot or how many times.

Police are looking at surveillance video and going through records of previous domestic violence or criminal history. Herriott had filed two previous restraining orders against Chase.

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