The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is searching for one or more suspects they say shot six people in a silver Chevy Tahoe Wednesday around 2 a.m.
Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry confirmed to Action News Jax this incident was gang-related.
In the preliminary investigation, police said six people were leaving a rap music event at Paradise Gentlemen’s Club. While driving along Emerson Street near Spring Park Road, the shooter(s) fired from another vehicle as a targeted act of violence and fled the scene.
The victims were able to drive themselves to Memorial Hospital, which is about two miles away. Action News Jax has exclusive video of the Tahoe sitting outside of the emergency room riddled with a dozen or more bullet holes.
This is the victim's SUV that we found parked outside of Memorial Hospital this morning. It's riddled with more than a dozen bullet holes. Ahead at 6, the @ActionNewsJax Law and Safety expert examines the vehicle and shows us what it says about the shooter. pic.twitter.com/Llmtg24sOm— Elizabeth Pace (@PaceAnJax) January 16, 2019
Police said 25-year-old Willie Addison died shortly afterward at the hospital. Another adult was in critical condition, and four other adults suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
A suspect or vehicle has not been identified at this time.
Neighbors told Action News Jax Reporter Elizabeth Pace she woke up to the sound of gunfire around 2 a.m. She said she did not feel comfortable going on camera in fear of retaliation. Another neighbor said her family woke up to the sound of someone outside of their home.
"They were frantic, his heart was beating out of his chest. They were really scared. It probably took them a couple of hours to go back to sleep.”— Elizabeth Pace (@PaceAnJax) January 16, 2019
Neighbors say they woke up to the sound of gunfire early Wed morning. We found the victim's car with more than a dozen bullet holes. pic.twitter.com/8oVBPvwcWJ
“They were frantic, his heart was beating out of his chest, they were really scared. It probably took them a couple of hours to go back to sleep," the neighbor said.
The JSO Crime Map revealed more than 40 crimes reported in this area in the past couple of months. Neighbors said they will be on edge until the suspects are caught.
Police urge anyone with information to come forward. If the caller would like to remain to anonymous, they can call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
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