• Jacksonville Beach Police investigating shooting at homeless shelter

    By: Nora Clark


    The Jacksonville Beach Police Department has confirmed that two people were injured in a shooting at the Mission House on Shetter Avenue Friday around 11 a.m. 

    The suspect, identified as 29-year-old James Michael Moore, was taken into custody two blocks away at Sunrise Surf Shop, according to JBPD.

    Moore is facing two counts of attempted murder and is currently being booked into the Duval Pretrial Detention Facility, JBPD said.

    JBPD said the two victims were transported to Memorial Hospital and are in serious condition.

    During a briefing, JBPD said that the shooting occurred on the property, but not inside the building of the Mission House. 

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    According to the police, there were 30 people inside the building at the time and that between 10 and 15 people were transported to the police station for interviews. 

    At this time, JBPD said it appears there was no established relationship between Moore and the victims.

    Mission House released the following statement in the wake of the shooting:

    "An incident occurred this morning involving an unknown gunman and affected two clients who were seeking assistance from Mission House; a day facility that exists to help meet the needs of people who are circumstantially homeless at the Beaches.

    "At the moment of the event, a staff member from Mission House alerted emergency response officials who quickly arrived on scene. Mission House has been cooperating with Jacksonville Beach Officials and NO staff or volunteers of Mission House were harmed during the incident.

    "Mission House will be closed for the weekend but will reopen on Monday morning with regular services.

    "Mission House’s number one goal is to assist people who are circumstantially homeless off the streets of the Beach and back to productive and self-sufficient lives."

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