• Man charged with murder in fatal shooting at Markets at Town Center

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    PHOTOS: Shooting at Markets of Town Center

    Police said a 24-year-old is facing murder charges in the shooting death of a man at a popular Jacksonville night club.

    Sina Sharifai, 24, was shot and killed early Friday morning at Suite at the Markets at Town Center, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said. 

    Police said Sharifai was trying to break up a fight when he was shot by 24-year-old Toray Anthony Ricketts.

    The argument started in the club and continued into the parking lot around 2 a.m.

    Two off-duty JSO officers were in the area and heard the gunfire, JSO said.

    Sharifai was not armed when he was hit.

    JSO had the scene roped off for hours. Glasses, blood and clothing could be observed in the parking lot. JSO Homicide detectives arrived on the scene shortly after the shooting, which occurred during an 18-and-up event at the club. 

    CPR was performed on Sharifai in the parking lot. He was taken UF Health, where he died, JSO said.  

    Ricketts was taken into custody without incident. Off-duty police officers on the scene made the arrest. 

    The victim's family was seen crying as they met with investigators at the scene. 

    The nightclub opened in the Markets at Town Center in 2010. The shooting surprises shoppers and employees of nearby retail stores. 

    "This is supposed to be one of the nicest sides of town,” said Cameron Frew, who works nearby. "A shame that he had to lose his life over such a small altercation." 

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