Gang unit detectives arrest 17-year-old at First Coast High School

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office gang unit detectives arrested a 17-year-old at First Coast High School for attempted murder, armed robbery and more.

Steven Lamarr Wiggins Jr. is charged as a juvenile, but Action News Jax is identifying him because the charges against him are felonies.

The mothers of two young men who JSO said were shot by Wiggins spoke exclusively to Action News Jax.

“He didn’t do nothing to nobody that bad to be shot up like that. I know he didn’t,” said Eunice Smith, the mother of 19-year-old TJ Smith.

She said her son got caught in the crossfire of a shootout in March.

Eunice Smith said an off-duty officer found her son lying on Beaver Street  near Woodstock Park with 14 bullet wounds.

“They left him for dead, but he recovered, thank God,” said Eunice Smith.

The police report said Wiggins also shot at another young man, whose mother said she knew nothing about the shooting.

“Shooting at my baby?” she said. “That’s scary. That’s really scary.”

She asked not to be identified out of fear of retaliation.

The report said her son and Wiggins were strangers, but it said Wiggins and T.J. Smith were friends.

“Seems like an enemy to me. You don’t need a friend like that,” said Eunice Smith. “We’ve just got to band together to stop these guns and the gang-related (violence). Parents, just beware what your children are doing,” she said.

First Coast High School was never on lockdown when Wiggins was arrested.

The school did not notify parents about the arrest. A spokesperson for Duval County Public Schools said no notification was sent because there was no threat or disruption to the school.

It’s not clear from the police report whether Wiggins is a current or former student at First Coast High School.