• JSO: $20,000 reward offered for arrest of 7-year-old's killer

    By: Nora Clark


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    A $20,000 reward is being offered for information about the person who shot and killed a 7-year-old boy in Jacksonville.

    The reward was set at $10,000 on Monday. 

    Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said the boy was caught in crossfire outside a home on Mt. Herman Street.

    Williams said several people were drinking and smoking marijuana in a front yard when a gray SUV pulled up to the home.

    Someone inside the SUV began firing, and someone in the yard grabbed a gun and started shooting back, Williams said.

    Williams said it appears Tashawn Gallon, 7, was between the two groups shootings at each other.

    He and a 23-year-old man were hurt. Williams said the 23-year-old fled the area after the shooting and brought himself to UF Health Jacksonville. He is not cooperating with police, Williams said.

    He was arrested on an outstanding warrant and for possession of firearm by a convicted felon, Williams said.

    Several witnesses are not cooperating in the investigation, Williams said. He said the sheriff's office will pursue charges if they give false information or inhibit the investigation.

    "There is someone on the street today that is responsible for the shooting death of a 7-year-old boy," Williams said. "I can promise you we'll move heaven and earth and kick in doors to bring him justice."

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