Multiple people were shot blocks away from TIAA Bank Field during a Jacksonville Jaguars game, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said.
Police responded to A. Philip Randolph Boulevard and Pippin Street at 12:35 p.m. Sunday for a reported shooting.
JSO said shots were fired from out of a car at people on the sidewalk. according to police six people were shot. Police released a photo of the suspected vehicle, a gray or silver four-door vehicle, involved.
Police say three of the six people shot are in critical condition, five of the six people shot were reportedly transported by emergency vehicles and one person was transported in a private vehicle.
The ages of the victims range from 20s to 70s, police say, consisting of five men and one woman.
A source says one of the victims, an elderly man, was shot in the head and is in critical condition.
Some people in the neighborhood say they do not feel safe after witnessing Sunday’s shooting.
Action News Jax reporter Bridgette Matter spent the day talking to people who live in this area, and witnesses to the shooting from yesterday.
Karmen Williams and her husband run World International Church which is near where the shooting happened. Williams said she immediately began to pray over the victims who were shot.
“Running and panicking everywhere, I mean after that. Was like seconds after the gunshots rang out there were people. There were four victims on the ground bleeding profusely," Williams said.
Roger Hanes said he was riding his bike away from the area when he heard the gunfire.
A source says the elderly victim was shot in the head, Hanes says he was taking to him just before he was shot.
“The old man was just an innocent bystander, just like we standin’ out here talkin’ now," Hanes said.
Using JSO’s crime mapping system we found 251 violent crimes in the last six months, in a 1-mile radius of where this shooting happened.
Matter pushed for interviews with Mayor Lenny Curry and Sheriff Mike Williams, both declined and sent out statements instead.
Mayor Curry sent out this statement:
“Following yesterday's incident, I was briefed by JSO, as well as the JFRD Chief on the status of the victims. My briefings with public safety officials will continue as this investigation continues. The ongoing violence in our city is heartbreaking and frustrating, however I remain committed to working with partners including the sheriff’s office and state attorney’s office in addressing all of the factors that result in crime violence -- enhancing enforcement, strengthening prevention and intervention efforts, and improving neighborhoods. Today I was able to visit with several of the victims recovering in the hospital. Please join me in praying for them as they fight to live.”
Sheriff Williams sent out this statement:
JACKSONVILLE, FL (October 22, 2018) – “We are diligently investigating this weekend’s incident in the 900 Block of A Philip Randolph Boulevard. I share the community’s frustration in the violence that is impacting our city. We will turn the tide on the violence, and we will do it sooner with the community’s help. Anyone who has information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (866) 845TIPS.
While the investigation into the incident on A Philip Randolph Boulevard is underway, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office continues to prepare for the Georgia-Florida events that will take place this week and into the weekend. More than 600 police will be assigned on game day to secure not only the venue, but the larger footprint of downtown and into the surrounding neighborhoods including those on the other side of the river. We will have special resources staged and ready for rapid deployment if needed. Additionally, we are bringing in additional lighting systems to set up along the main thoroughfares. Our federal, state and local partners are – as always – working closely with us in the pre- and post-game preparations. We are all committed to ensuring that Jacksonville residentsandvisitorsenjoythisannualcelebration.”
Police believe there are at least two suspects still on the run.
To remain 100% anonymous and be eligible for a reward up to $3,000 contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
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