Jacksonville, FL - Police are searching for three suspects after a man is beaten, robbed and shot near Edward Waters College following a night of drinking with friends.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says the attack happened around 2 a.m. in a parking lot near Sassy's Wings on Kings Road, but it was the man's roommate who actually called for help around five hours later.
"The victim was beaten severely, so he might have not known how bad he was," said a JSO lieutenant briefing reporters at the scene.
The victim - a 35-year-old white man - told JSO he caught a cab and the driver dropped him off on the 1500 block of Kings Road after missing a turn.
According to the arrest report, he was walking through the area when he passed by two black men sitting at some picnic tables and they asked him to stop. That was when another black man came up from behind with a black handgun and ordered him to the ground.
From there, the suspects took the man’s cell phone, shoes and cash, then kicked and pistol-whipped him before one of them fired a round into the victim’s right hip.
The victim told JSO he must have lost consciousness at that point, waking up some time later to see the suspects gone. That’s when he walked home.
The report notes that all three suspects were wearing long-sleeve shirts and winter clothing.
The victim went to UF Health for injuries to his face as well as the bullet wound.
JSO is actively investigating the area, including gathering any video footage and speaking to potential witnesses.
Anyone with information is asked to call JSO at 904-630-0500 or email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. Those who wish to remain anonymous and possibly qualify for a cash reward can call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS (8477).
There's a bottle of soda & a bag of chips in the lot where this happened. Both are unopened. Looks like they could belong to the victim. pic.twitter.com/vKSWVlZFAZ— Russell Colburn (@RussellANjax) April 25, 2017