JACKSONVILLE, Fla -- A young man is recovering after being shot in the stomach during a robbery.
It happened at his apartment at Courtyards of San Jose. The victim remains in Shands Wednesday night.
"This was just a tragedy they didn't need," said the victim's mother-in-law, who First Coast News is not identifying. "My daughter is hysterical, my granddaughter is petrified. She won't walk two steps away from us."
Her son-in-law, Dino, was recovering in Shands Wednesday night.
To protect their identities, First Coast News is only identifying the victims by their first names.
Just before 11:00 p.m. Tuesday, Dino and his wife Jennifer told police they pulled into their apartment parking lot at Courtyards of San Jose, with their 7-year-old daughter and infant son.
According to a police report, they were followed by a while 4-door car and three men who approached the couple as they got out of their car.
"This guy came put the gun in my daughter's face, actually in her eye, and pushed her down," Jennifer's mother said. "Never said a word. My daughter started to scream and said take it, leave us alone, don't hurt my children."
She said her son-in-law stepped in.
"He came from the back of the car, said 'Hey what are you doing,'" she explained. "This man turned around and shot my son-in-law."
Dino's daughter was watching.
"She sad Jesus, God, Papa, because that's what she called him, please don't let my father die. Please don't let my father die."
His mother-in-law says doctors removed the right side of his colon and some of his liver, but were surprised he survived because of the size of the gun.
According to the police report, a witness described the suspects as 3 black males - one heavy-set with short dreadlocks. The other two were taller with thin builds and low haircuts. All were wearing white shirts and dark shorts.
The witness also described the car as a white 4-door, possibly an Hyundai, with dark tint.
If you have any information, call the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office or Crimestoppers.
First Coast News