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Neighbors say alleged stabbing may be connected to teen shooting
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Neighbors say alleged stabbing may be connected to teen shooting

Neighbors say alleged stabbing may be connected to teen shooting
Photo Credit: Crystal Westberry
Photo of 13-year-old Jazmine Shelton who was shot and killed in Northwest Jacksonville on Saturday morning.

Neighbors say alleged stabbing may be connected to teen shooting

Neighbors in a Northwest Jacksonville community say police were in the area of Missouri Avenue hours before the deadly shooting on Saturday.

According to neighbors, police were called out Friday because of an alleged stabbing around 10:30 p.m. That's about six hours before 13-year-old Jazmine Shelton and 14-year-old Megan Simmons were shot in a hail of gunfire.

"I'm angry and I'm upset," said Sheriff John Rutherford during a news conference on Saturday.

Sheriff Rutherford says there is a reason why someone chose the Northwest Jacksonville home but won't say why. One thing that is certain, however, is that Shelton and Simmons were not the intended targets.

One neighbor who did not want to share her identity said police swarmed her neighborhood on Friday night.

"They woke my father up and talked to him to see if he had heard or seen anything. Supposedly this person was stabbed, he got away, got to a hospital," said the neighbor.

Several other neighbors recounted a similar story. Many are convinced that whoever was involved in the alleged stabbing came back to retaliate, but instead two innocent young girls ended up shot.

"They've done absolutely nothing, these girls had nothing to do with anything that occurred last night," said Rutherford.

Action News asked JSO for a copy of the police report of the alleged stabbing but police said it is not available because the investigation is still ongoing.

Meanwhile family members, friends and even complete strangers have started a memorial for Jazmine as they pray for Megan's recovery and an arrest in this case.

JSO will not confirm whether the alleged stabbing is related to the Saturday morning shooting. Investigators say they're looking into everything that happened leading up to the crime.

If you have any information that could help police make an arrest in this case, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS. You could be eligible for a reward of up to $3,000.

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