‘Trouble could be anywhere’: Woman shot on same street where partial homophobic slur painted on home

We asked St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office if this crime is being investigated as a potential hate crime, but we have not heard back yet.

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office reported that a shooting occurred Tuesday morning on Rosella Court.

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At around 5:54 a.m., officers responded to the area and located a woman with several gunshot wounds. She was transported to the hospital with what is believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.

The Action News Jax Skyvision drone spotted what appeared to be a partial homophobic slur spray-painted on a garage door belonging to one of the homes on Rosella Court.

We asked St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office if this crime is being investigated as a potential hate crime, but we have not heard back yet.

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“Didn’t know. Just didn’t know,” said neighbors Carrie and Vernon Stromen.

While they didn’t hear anything, they woke up to a crime scene in their neighborhood.

“I saw the tape and something was not right,” Vernon recalled.

Carrie and Vernon say they don’t understand what could’ve led up to this.

“Surprising, yes. Totally surprising,” Carrie said.

“We don’t have that type of activity out here,” Vernon added.

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At this time, police believe the incident is isolated. The SJSO Major Crimes Unit is investigating. There is currently no suspect information available, and police are still searching for the assailant.

“Make you a lot more aware you know, when you walk outside. When you lock your doors,” Carrie pointed out. “Make you conscious that trouble could be anywhere. Your neighborhood. It doesn’t matter where you live.”