Six people were shot outside Jacksonville Jaguars stadium right before kickoff, in a gang related incident.
According to ABC12:
The shooting came less than a half hour before the game’s scheduled 1 p.m. start. But the sheriff’s official reported no link to the game, which went on and concluded without incident.
The report is a shooter fired from the passenger side of a gray, four-door sedan driven by someone else, but details were sketchy and investigators didn’t immediately determine a motive. He said the car left the area and that detectives were checking surveillance video to try to identify the vehicle and locate the occupants.
“There were at least two people in the car,” Lendvay said. He added that investigators didn’t know if any others were in the car and he didn’t rule out the possibility of additional shooters elsewhere. Said Lendvay: “We just don’t know.”
Authorities had no immediate update on the conditions late Sunday of the wounded or their identities.
“A couple of them were in very serious condition on their arrival at the hospital,” Lendvay said. He added that five of the wounded were rushed by paramedics for emergency care and that the sixth was taken by a private vehicle to a hospital.
He also said that authorities have been unable to immediately determine whether there was any relationship between those wounded.
“We haven’t been able to interview them (the victims) at all. It’s hard to say if they are all associated or not,” he added.
Jacksonville City Councilman Reggie Gaffney, who represents the district where the shooting occurred, told local media that he was aware of crime problems in the area. He said a greater law enforcement presence was needed there.
“In talking to the sheriff’s department, they are going to beef up patrol. Evidently, it’s not working. We have a crime issue,” Gaffney said. “Every other week and every other month out there, it’s too much. I got several calls.”
Florida Gov. Rick Scott also said in a statement that he had reached out to Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams, offering any state resources Jacksonville may need.
6 People Shot – #Jacksonville
-900 blk of A Philip Randolph
-Ages 20’s – 70’s
-Shot from passenger side of vehicle
-Victims were outside on the sidewalk
-Suspect vehicle is a silver/grey 4 door sedan
Call 904-630-0500 with info or email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. pic.twitter.com/Ye1BmkVi0j
— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) October 21, 2018
We will update you with any information that we hear. Thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims.
Houston went on to win the ball game.