• Shootout unfolds near Jacksonville Middle School

    By: Action News Jax

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    PHOTOS: School on lockdown after shootout

    JSO officers were dispatched to West 45th Street near Northwestern Middle School around 2:21 p.m. in reference to shots fired. Police said occupants in two black cars were shooting at one another near the school. 

    JSO told Action News Jax there were no reported injuries.

    JSO said Northwestern Middle School was not hit by bullets and all the students were safe.

    According to DCPS, students were placed on Code Yellow lockdown until dismissal at about 4:15 p.m.

    According to JSO, the shooting began at 45th and Xavier across the street from the school and ended on the opposite side of the block at Talladega and Spellman. Police said the shooting registered on the city’s gunfire sensing technology, ShotSpotter.


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    Action News Jax cameras captured video of a black Mercedes Benz with some of its windows apparently shattered from gunfire. Officers said the Mercedes was involved in the shooting and was located at the Talladega and Spellman intersection. 

    Parents and family members rushed to Northwestern to reunite with their kids.  

    Coriyon Alexander told Action News Jax reporter Ryan Nelson she could hear the shots as she walked up to the school to pick up her cousin.  

    “Like, that’s just a shame, kids can’t even go to school and learn without hearing shots,” said Alexander. “And I was like, that’s just a shame. You don’t know if the bullets could’ve went through the window and hit the children. Like, you don’t know who could’ve got hit.”

    In early April, St. Clair Evans had bullets fly into a classroom as students were testing. No one was hurt in that shooting. St. Clair Evans is roughly a mile away from today’s shooting at Northwestern. 

    Police said there were no suspects in the shooting, adding that a single person was detained, but their involvement was unclear and they were not cooperating at the time of the briefing. 

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