Violent crime continues in Jacksonville amid coronavirus pandemic

Violent crime continues in Jacksonville amid coronavirus pandemic
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Despite local and state leaders telling people to stay at home and only go out for essential means to help slow the spread of COVID-19, at least four people have died and three people have been hurt in the city of Jacksonville this week due to violence.

Below is a timeline of incidents that have occurred since Monday.

MONDAY, APRIL 6

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A 5-year-old girl, who was an innocent bystander, was sitting inside a car parked outside a convenience store on Monaco Drive when a fight broke out over $180, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said.There was gunfire and the little girl was shot in the head, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

The girl, identified as Kearria Addison, died during surgery, family told Action News Jax. Her 4-year-old sister was also hurt. The injuries were not life-threatening, JSO said.

Surveillance video has been released in that case and one of the suspects, Tom Everett Jr. has been arrested. Police are still looking for the two unidentified individuals from the scene, as well as the location of suspect Johnathan Hall.

TUESDAY, APRIL 7

Police responded to a shooting at 6:25 p.m. and found a 29-year-old man who had been shot to death in a front yard of a home in Brentwood on Perry Street. His identity has not been released.

A 22-year-old who had an “unknown injury” and was found by officers hiding in a nearby shed, according to JSO was taken to the hospital and is expected to be OK. “At this time detectives do not know the relationship of anyone involved,” JSO said. Police are working to learn who shot and killed the man and are working to speak with the 22-year-old for answers once he is released from the hospital.

Hours later, Jacksonville police officers responded to another deadly shooting at 11:30 p.m. in the 5900 block of Wilmar Road. A 37-year-old man was found with a gunshot wound. He was taken to a hospital, where he died, JSO said. Witnesses told police they saw two people dressed in black run up and shoot the man and leave in an either burnt orange or red-colored SUV with dark tinted windows and silver rims.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8

At midnight, police were called to another shooting at a home on Agave Road and officers said they found a 23-year-old man dead. The Sheriff’s Office said an incident occurred between two people.

The 23-year-old man allegedly threatened the suspect with a knife and the suspect shot and killed him, according to JSO. The Sheriff’s Office said detectives and the State Attorney’s Office are reviewing all statements and physical evidence.

51 minutes later, officers were called to a domestic incident on Confederate Point Road. In the area, police found a man with life-threatening injuries. He was taken to a local hospital. “All parties involved in the incident are detained and currently being interviewed by homicide detectives,” the Sheriff’s Office said.