• Shots fired into home in Atlantic Beach with multiple people, children inside, police say

    By: Action News Jax


    ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. - Police in Atlantic Beach are looking for a shooter(s) after numerous shots were fired into a home in the 1300 block of Violet Street Monday morning.

    The incident happened around 4 :15 a.m., according to the Atlantic Beach Police Department.



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    Officers say there were multiple residents inside the home at the time and a man was shot.

    He has non life-threatening injuries. Action News Jax's Ryan Nelson spoke to the man. The local father told Nelson that he's glad his 1-year-old son and his girlfriend were not hurt by the bullets. The man said he was shot in the leg but is going to be okay.

    The victim's father, Donnell Demps Sr.,  also spoke with Nelson. 

    "Jumped out the bed, got my gun, and came outside in my underwear," said Demps Sr. "Stood right here. Didn't see nobody."

    That was his reaction after his 21-year-old son told him he'd been shot. A barrage of bullets hit his Atlantic Beach townhome around 4:15 a.m. Monday morning. 

    Two children, including the victim's 1-year-old son, and another relative's child, were sleeping inside. 

    The home appeared to be covered in bullet holes. 

    Bullet holes were spotted near the front door, a front facing window and several were spotted in the second story of the home where the man was sleeping at the time shots were fired. 

    Demps Sr. is demanding justice.

    "I would like to find out who did it and why," he said.   

    "There is no suspect information or vehicle description at this time. It is unknown if the suspect(s) were on foot or in a vehicle," police said in a Facebook post.  

    Residents in the area are being asked to review their security cameras in case the incident was caught on camera. 

    Anyone with information is asked to call 904-247-5859 in reference to case number 19-82013880.

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