JSO: 33 people shot in the past month

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- April was a violent and bloody month in the city, with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office saying 33 people were shot and seven homicides are under investigation.

In the past week, the shootings also involved two JSO officers being on the receiving end of gunfire with one hit.

JSO Directors Mike Williams and Tom Hackney on Wednesday spoke about the police response of increasing patrols and conducting covert operations in neighborhoods plagued by violence.

"A drug nexus is definitely there," said Hackney, commenting on a common thread in many of the shootings.

One neighborhood hit by violence this week was in Durkeeville on West 6th street. A car was the target of gunfire Tuesday afternoon, with one man killed and a woman injured. Residents report hearing more than 20 shots fired.

Tara Jones heard the gunfire with the shooting happening on the street in front of her home.

When asked what she does differently now, she said "just be more alert. They do shooting during daytime now."

JSO said it is concentrating its efforts in the neighbors bordered by Beaver Street and Edgewood Avenue and Interstate 95 and U.S. 1.

Hackney said police need the public's help to fight back. People with information are asked to call First Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS, which allows a person to remain anonymous.

Another tool Hackney cited is the gun bounty program designed to get illegal weapons off the street. The program's slogan is "See it, say it, stop it." The bounty program will pay someone $3,000 for information about a gun used in a violent crime.


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