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.
JUST IN: 24-year-old Toray Ricketts charged with murder after shooting of unarmed man at Town Center nightclub pic.twitter.com/UAwhXlJnxQ— ActionNewsJax (@ActionNewsJax) March 24, 2017
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.
Ricketts and friends got into verbal altercation with others— Ben Becker (@BenBeckerANjax) March 24, 2017
Sharifai was not armed when he was hit.
Suspect does not have a criminal history in our area— Ben Becker (@BenBeckerANjax) March 24, 2017
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.
Charged with second degree murder— Ben Becker (@BenBeckerANjax) March 24, 2017
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."
Police just handcuffed a man and put him in this cruiser. pic.twitter.com/u1vbXpqPRk— Amber Krycka (@AmberANjax) March 24, 2017
Homicide detectives investigating shooting in front of a club at the St. Johns Town Cntr. pic.twitter.com/41FBJhntBX— Amber Krycka (@AmberANjax) March 24, 2017
Homicide detectives just arrived. pic.twitter.com/jIhQMVYasv— Amber Krycka (@AmberANjax) March 24, 2017
Shooting victim's family just arrived. They are talking to police and screaming. A witness said he died. pic.twitter.com/U5t27rbFo5— Amber Krycka (@AmberANjax) March 24, 2017
A police presence at the Towns Center. Someone says they heard 2-3 shots fired. pic.twitter.com/iE4y6x7HPH— Amber Krycka (@AmberANjax) March 24, 2017
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