• Family friend describes witnessing shooting of two sisters in Jacksonville

    By: Kaitlyn Chana , Action News Jax


    A family friend said he was there when a man shot two sisters last Tuesday in Jacksonville.

    Chad Absher is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, Ashlee Rucker, who JSO said was shot to death. Investigators said Ashlee’s sister, Lisa, was also shot by the murder suspect. 

    Lyle Scheideman said he was in another room with Lisa Rucker watching a movie inside a condo on Woodman Drive when Ashlee Rucker’s son approached him. 

    “'Lyle, he’s chocking my mom. Lyle, he’s chocking my mom,'” Scheideman said as he reacted to what happened. 

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    Scheideman told Action News Jax he witnessed Absher violently hurting Ashlee Ruckers. He said he fought and knocked Absher unconscious into a closet. 

    “Lisa and Ashlee said, 'Lyle he’s got a gun and we have to go.’ Lisa grabbed me from behind and forced me to the door because I wouldn’t get off of him,” Scheideman said.

    Scheideman said they were all heading toward the door, but only he and Lisa made it outside the condo. Shortly after, he said Lisa ran back inside to help her sister. 

    “Not even 20 seconds later, I hear the first gunshot, " he said. "I hear a scream. Then I hear another gunshot." 

    Scheideman said he saw Absher coming down the stairwell and he crouched down near the adjacent stairwell. When Absher was gone, Scheideman went upstairs to help the children and mothers. 

    Scheideman said he knew Ashlee had passed away, meanwhile Lisa was bleeding profusely and coherent.  

    “I drop to my knees. I’m holding Ashlee’s head in my hand and I’m holding Lisa’s hand in my other and I’m telling her she needs to fight,” he said. 

    Scheideman said Lisa and Ashlee’s children were behind him witnessing him trying to help. 

    “Her kids are behind me screaming, ‘...My mother is dead...My mommy is dead.  I won’t be able to see my mommy again.’ I’m in utter shock. I want Lisa to keep fighting and to stay strong,” he said. 

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    Scheideman said he asked Lisa’s son, Colby, to approach his mother to give her strength during this difficult time.

    “I said 'Lisa, look at your son and I need you to fight for him. I need you to fight for him.' Colby is looking at his mom and she’s looking at her son and mouthing 'I love you' to him. I’m even more hysterical,” Scheidemen said. 

    He said the mothers and children should have never experienced this tragedy. 

    “There’s definitely a lot of guilt with me because I’m a man and all I want to do is protect him in a moment. If I could trade my life for Ashlee’s life, I would do it in a heartbeat. What I saw and what I witnessed was absolutely crazy,” Scheidemen said. 

    Ashlee Rucker’s family is having a memorial service for her from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Lion’s Club on East Port Road. They ask attendees bring a covered dish.

    As for Lisa, she is recovering at a local hospital. Absher is charged with murder, attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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