7/16/2020 11:20 a.m. UPDATE: The alleged 17-year-old gunman accused of killing 16-year-old Trenton Fort has been charged as an adult with 3rd Degree Murder, according to the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office. He has been taken to Duval County Pre-Trial Detention Center and is being held with no bond.
A second suspect, a 16-year-old has also been charged as an adult with accessory to murder. He was placed into Duval Pre-Trial Detention Center and is being held with no bond.
“This is still an active investigation, and there is a strong possibility that other suspects will be charged,” the sheriff’s office said.
2/25/2020 10 a.m. UPDATE: The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday in a news briefing that the incident which led to the shooting death of a West Nassau High School student was a “drug deal gone bad.”
Witnesses identified the alleged teen shooter, who deputies detained at a McDonald’s in Callahan.
He will face charges of violation of probation, possession of a firearm by a delinquent minor and then eventually could face a charge of second-degree murder, the Sheriff’s Office said.
A second teen suspect will face charges of: possession of a firearm with an altered serial number, possession of a firearm by a minor, tampering with evidence and pending charges of accessory after the fact to second-degree murder. Deputies said he was found in a wooded area of the Spring Lake Estates neighborhood not far from where the shooting occurred. A handgun that was used in the deadly shooting was also found in the wooded area.
The second teen suspect and a third teen suspect both face a charge of felony battery on a person over 65.
Everyone involved in the incident is 16 or 17 years old.
16-year-old Trent Fort, the student killed in the incident, knew the gunman, NCSO said.
Anyone with any information is asked to call Detective Mark Murdock at 904-548-4067.
Watch the briefing below on Facebook:
2/25/2020 8:15a.m. UPDATE: Paige Hall, Trent Fort’s mother told Action News Jax reporter Beth Rousseau her son died Monday night after being shot in the chest.
The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office said the shooting victim was 15 years old, but Fort’s mother said he was actually 16.
Fort’s mother showed up at West Nassau High School where her son attended school, in tears.
She told Rousseau she would like everyone to know how wonderful her son was.
There are grief counselors and additional security at the WNHS Tuesday.
The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office said a 15-year-old boy was shot in the chest in the Spring Lake Estates neighborhood on Monday afternoon.
Two teen suspects are in police custody, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The shooting happened at a stop sign in Spring Lake Estates around 4:30 p.m.
The victim, who is a student at West Nassau High School, and four to five other people were inside a car when the shooting started.
The victim was driven to WNHS and was then taken to the hospital from there. The boy has life-threatening injuries and is in critical condition.
The person believed to be the shooter, a 17-year-old, is in custody. Another suspect, who is under 18, was taken into custody at the McDonald’s in Callahan.
The school posted on Facebook asking student not arrive to school until 8:30 a.m. The school said in the post that there will be extra law enforcement at the school to keep students and staff safe.