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Alleged drug deal turns shooting in Julington Creek

A Duval County teen is the victim of violent crime in Julington Creek.

The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office says the 19-year-old was meeting for a drug deal in the parking lot of a Moe’s Restaurant on SR 13 North Monday night.  The teen says the suspect jumped in to the back seat of the car he was waiting in before putting a gun to the teen’s head and demanding everything he had on him. The victim says he reached for the gun and was shot in the lower chest during a struggle.

The suspect then fled. The teen drove himself to Baptist South and was later airlifted to UF Health. He is in stable condition following surgery.

The victim was not able to provide much of a suspect description to police, other than the suspect is a black male.

The investigation is now ongoing and if you have any information you’re asked to call the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office at 904-824-8304. You can also submit an anonymous tip and be eligible for a reward by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-TIPS.

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