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Friends and family are grieving a 23-year-old man who was shot and killed while celebrating Fourth of July at Jacksonville Beach.
“When he left the house, he said, 'I’ll see you later Mom. I’m going to the beach,'" Robin Davis said. "And that was the last conversation we had."
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Police have not identified any suspects in the shooting death of Glen McNeil Jr.
He was shot near SeaWalk Pavilion at approximately 1 a.m. Wednesday, while many people were still celebrating the Fourth of July.
McNeil's mother said she got a call about the shooting around 2 a.m.
“His friend -- when he called me -- (he) told me that he was shot, but he assured me he was okay,” Davis said. “We weren’t prepared. We weren’t braced for what we heard."
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McNeil died at the hospital.
"The entire time I was in route to the hospital, I just couldn’t imagine that I wouldn’t be seeing him again," Davis said. "I was more less thinking, 'How am I going to care for him with his injured arm?' Not that he had expired."
Family of Glen McNeil are heartbroken. What the 23 yr old told his mom hours before he was shot and killed at Jax Beach AT 5 @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/Tf1BneFj5n— Beth Rousseau (@BethANJax) July 6, 2017
McNeil’s brother said they are still struggling to deal with what happened.
“I’m heartbroken right now. This is a tough pill to swallow,” Mitchell said.
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Mitchell says he believes that truth is a video that was posted on Facebook.
“I saw some videos of an altercation, like somebody was really choking my brother out," Mitchell said. "My brother has asthma, so that really hurts me just to see him like that."
He said there were a lot of people standing around during the video, and he's not sure what happened after.
Jax Beach police say several people saw the shooting that killed 23 y/o Glen McNeil Jr. near the amphitheater around 1:00 a.m. pic.twitter.com/sboyMSU4SQ— Letisha Bereola (@LetishaANjax) July 5, 2017
"There were a lot of people standing around, recording. Like making fun of him. That’s what making me so mad," Mitchell said. "I’m hearing a lot of different things, so I’m just waiting for the truth."
Police said another person had an injury to the hand after the shooting but is expected to be OK.
Action News Jax spoke to Jacksonville Beach Mayor Charlie Latham who tells us he's angry about this double shooting and is looking to change the main cause of these issues.
Police say 23 yr old Glen McNeil shot & killed 1 block away from Jax Beach City Hall. Changes the Mayor is considering AT 6 pic.twitter.com/rgoTRJ3E91— Beth Rousseau (@BethANJax) July 6, 2017
“We can’t legislate behavior, but we can be as preventative as possible," Latham said. "We’ve got some good actors and bad actors downtown and that includes bars and patrons.”
Latham says that means considering more security and addressing what he considers the main problem alcohol, so the city will be reaching out to the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Agency for suggestions on addressing the issue.
McNeil's mom said she just wants whoever killed her son to come forward.
"I’m not motivated by hatred or revenge, but there’s consequences to your actions," she said. "I just want that person to come forward and do the right thing."
“When he left the house, he said, 'I’ll see you later Mom. I’m going to the beach.' And that was the last conversation...Posted by Action News Jax on Thursday, July 6, 2017
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