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The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting on Town Center Parkway near Interstate 295 that left three dead and one in critical condition.
Police were dispatched to the scene at 10:53 p.m. Tuesday night, and found a vehicle with four male shooting victims inside.
Two people were pronounced dead at the scene, one died at a local hospital and one is in critical condition, police said.
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JSO said a vehicle pulled up next to a Chevy sedan, opened fire and took off.
On Wednesday afternoon, JSO officially identified the young men killed:
Trevon Bullard, 18, of Orange Park
Royale D’Von Smith Jr., 18, of Jacksonville
Jercoby Da’Shad Groover, 19, of Orange Park
Action News Jax's Bridgette Matter spoke to a woman who knows the victims. She said there was some sort of argument between the young men and the shooters.
JSO said detectives have determined that the victims were targeted based on an ongoing dispute between two groups and that the shooting is not a random act of violence.
JSO said two of the four people shot are gang members. Of those two people, one died and one survived.
Keyanta Bullard, also known as Yungeen Ace, is the only person who survived.
Matter also spoke to a family member of two of the victims. He said his two brothers were in the car and were killed.
We're told the four young men were leaving a birthday dinner at Wasabi Japanese Steakhouse at the St. Johns Town Center.
After the shooting, a nearby hospital was put on lockdown and the University of North Florida sent out an emergency alert to students. Police don't believe the shooting is connected to the university.
A UNF spokesperson sent Action News Jax the following statement:
"The University Police Department has been in touch with Jacksonville Sheriff's Office officials who are working this case. JSO has told UPD that they believe this is an isolated incident and there is no threat to the campus community. Our UPD officers are always on heightened alert to any suspicious activity on campus and will continue to operate in this manner today and this week as they go about their jobs protecting the campus community."
Detectives are working to view any nearby surveillance video that may have captured the incident. There is no suspect information at this time.
Action News Jax Crime and Safety Expert Ken Jefferson said the surveillance video from the area will be key in finding the shooter or shooters.
"It's very unusual that this sort of thing would happen. This can happen anywhere. If there is contention among others, this can happen anywhere where someone would allow their temper to explode to act," Jefferson said.
JSO said multiple vehicles were at or near the intersection when the shooting took place. Police are asking anyone who was there and observed this shooting to contact JSO right away.
Anyone who knows any information about this quadruple shooting is asked to contact JSO at 904-630-0500 or email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward up to $3,000, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
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