Checks Cashed employee shot during robbery on University Blvd., police say

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Police are searching for a man who shot an employee at Checks Cashed during a robbery, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

It happened at the business located on University Boulevard near Atlantic Boulevard Thursday morning.

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JSO said the employee was alone when the robbery and shooting happened. The employee was taken to a hospital and is expected to be OK.

Officers couldn’t give us give us a good description of the suspect but one neighbor told Action News Jax that officers were looking for a man wearing a red hoodie.

Officers with rifles were seen searching for the man in neighborhoods and along Atlantic Boulevard.

LaJamie Sutton ​lives a block down the street and when she opened her door she saw police in her front yard.

“I noticed that a couple off officers walking down the street carrying AK-47s like it was no big deal,” Sutton said.

Sutton says her family members are customers at Checks Cashed.

“My grandson goes in there to cash his checks and I go in there a couple of times and it’s kind of frightening, especially when I have young kids, I had a son that just left for school,” she said.

The Sheriff’s Office tells Action News Jax two elementary schools were locked down as a precaution.

Police did not specify which schools were on lockdown.

Investigators are currently reviewing surveillance video to get a better description of the suspect. Anyone with information regarding the robbery is asked to call police at 1-866-845-TIPS (8477).

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