Jacksonville, FL - It was another violent weekend in Jacksonville, with more than half a dozen shootings reported in just two days.
There is no indication any of these incidents are related, and in some of the investigations the suspects are known and speaking with police or in custody. WOKV will be gathering more information about these incidents through Monday.
The violence started in the very early hours of Saturday. Just after midnight, officers responded to a person shot in a home on Glenn Mottin Way in Mandarin. An adult man was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, and the person responsible for the shooting has spoken with police, according to JSO. We’re working to learn more about the circumstances of the shooting, and whether there will be any arrests.
Just before 6AM, officers responded to a person shot in the Amtrak parking lot on Clifford Lane in Northwest Jacksonville. The victim in this case suffered non-life-threatening injuries and the suspect is in custody. JSO says this incident had nothing to do with Amtrak, despite its location. We’ll update you as we learn more about the suspect and motive.
Saturday night, just after 9PM, JSO responded to a shooting on Barnhill Road. A Hispanic man told investigators he had been shot during a robbery attempt. Robbery detectives are leading this investigation, with no suspect information available at this time. We’re told this victim’s injuries are not life threatening.
Around the same time, police responded to reports of a person shot on Noah Road on the Northside. Two people in a home were involved in a dispute, during which one person was shot, according to JSO. We’re told both people were injured and taken to the hospital, but the person who was shot is in stable condition. No word yet on any arrests, but we will update you as more information is available.
JSO was dispatched to a shooting on Atlantic Blvd around 10PM. Officers found a black male victim, who had been shot multiple times- although the shooting apparently happened several blocks away, and the victim walked to where he was found in order to get help. The victim’s injuries are life-threatening.
JSO says the Gate gas station near the intersection of Century & Acme is closed right now, as the investigation is active. But it is expected to open again for business in the next few hours. Anyone with information is urged to call Crimestoppers @ 866-845-TIPS @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/5hkJ70i0dD— Courtney Cole (@CourtneyANJax) June 24, 2018
Early Sunday, JSO responded to a person shot on Jefferson Street. The female victim was taken to the hospital, but died as a result of her injuries. JSO says the victim was shot on the basketball court at the Julius Guinyard Park. There is no suspect information at this point.
Around 1PM, police were called to the Quality Inn at Dix Ellis Trail on the Southside. A black male in his 20s was found dead, but police say the victim identified as a woman. Our partner Action News Jax reports the victim was transgender, which marks three transgender individuals killed in Jacksonville in recent months. JSO says the suspect is a black man who appears to have fled the scene in a beige colored vehicle. Police aren’t giving many other details at this time, but we’re told there were witnesses.
LGBTQ Advocate Paige Mahogany Parks is calling on any and everyone in the community, who’s fed up with the violence, to come down to the courthouse on Wednesday evening for a “Call for Justice”. Check out the flyer below. @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/jwBnR2iVYa— Courtney Cole (@CourtneyANJax) June 25, 2018
Around 7PM Sunday, a JSO officer on patrol found a man lying dead on the ground on University Blvd Ct, which is off University and Philips. Homicide detectives are investigating, but there is no information right now about what the victim’s cause of death was or his identity. At this point, this death is classified as “undetermined”.
If you have any information about any of these investigations, you can contact JSO at 904-630-0500 or JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. You can also submit an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
A fatal shooting is also being investigated by Jacksonville Beach Police. 23-year-old Leon Bennett was killed following a fight outside of The Pier Restaurant. JBPD has released several videos they hope will help lead to the one or more suspects responsible, and if you have any information on that incident, you can call 904-270-1661.
Bennett’s mother set up a go fund me to pay for his funeral expenses. He leaves behind two children, a 2yo and 5 mo https://t.co/szc3DPehSG— Varisa Lall Dass (@VarisaANJax) June 24, 2018