Jacksonville, FL - At least four people are dead and five others hurt in seven separate shooting incidents, marking a violent weekend in Jacksonville.
Around 10:40 AM Saturday, police were called to a shooting on Rusty Lake Lane on the far Westside. JSO says they found a woman in front of the home suffering at least one gunshot, and that woman was pronounced dead by JFRD.
An arrest has been made in this case- 46-year-old Natosha Bailey. JSO says she and the victim, 41-year-old Sitoria Davis, had recently stopped speaking. Police say Davis went to Bailey’s home to speak with someone else. Davis was standing at the door with her daughter, who knocked on the door and rang the doorbell, when police say Bailey looked through the curtains and then fired a shot through the front door. JSO says a second shot was fired as the victim and her daughter were running away, but Davis was hit. Bailey has allegedly confessed to the shooting.
Later Saturday, at 2:48PM, police were called to a shooting on Ken Knight Drive North in Northwest Jacksonville. A man was found in the middle of the street and was taken to the hospital, but later died. JSO says 27-year-old Ronald Jenkins was killed in this apparent drive-by, and the suspect vehicle may be a black Kia Optima or Hyundai Sonata with at least two black men inside.
Just before 5PM Saturday, JSO responded to Matthew Street, near Wilson and Firestone on the Westside. Two men were found suffering gunshots, one of who was pronounced dead on the scene and the other was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. That victim and a witness are cooperating with the investigation, according to JSO.
There is no suspect description available in this case, and police are still investigating what led up to the shooting itself.
Sunday morning, at 2:40AM, JSO got a call about a shooting at the Park Place Beach Apartments on Hogan Road on the Southside. We’re told a man was found with superficial injuries. There is no suspect description available.
A couple of hours later, around 4:45AM, police responded to the Lexington Hotel on Prudential Drive on the Southbank. Police say it appears two men from out of town were involved in an argument that turned physical, and led to one man shooting the other multiple times. The person who was shot was found in the hallway of one of the upper floors of the hotel. The injuries are not considered life threatening.
JSO says all parties involved have been located, although there’s no confirmation yet of any arrests. Police believe this was an isolated incident.
"We believe there’s alcohol involved, can’t specific exactly what it was. It was an ongoing thing through the night and apparently it escalated to someone getting shot."— Elizabeth Pace (@PaceAnJax) February 17, 2019
JSO walks us through their initial findings of a shooting at a Southbank hotel. Story next on @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/OZN09JI21z
Later Sunday morning, at 8:40AM, two people were found on West 1st Street. An adult man was found dead in a home, and a woman was taken to the hospital in life-threatening condition with a gunshot injury. Police are canvassing the area, looking for surveillance footage, and continuing to investigate the incident.
Officers say the double shooting victims were found inside a home on the corner of Line and 1st Street. They’re working to get in touch with the owner of the home who the sergeant says lives out of town @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/ZBkrO92qY0— Brittney Donovan (@brittneyANjax) February 17, 2019
And the weekend was capped with an attempted carjacking off Amanda’s Crossing Drive North, off Collins Road. Police say a man was shot when 3-4 black men tried to steal his vehicle in front of his home, and the victim resisted. JSO says the suspects fled in what they believe is a silver minivan that had recently been stolen, but that vehicle has since been recovered. The victim’s vehicle was not taken, and the victim himself is in stable condition.
There is no indication any of these incidents are related, as police continue to investigate. If you have any information about any of these shootings, you’re asked to contact JSO at 904-630-0500 or JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. You can also submit an anonymous tip and be eligible for a possible reward by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.