JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- One person is dead after three people were shot outside the RaceWay gas station near Golfair Boulevard and I-95, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
The shooting took place in a wooded area near the gas station before 8 p.m. Tuesday night.
Three men were hanging out in the wooded area near the gas station, when an unknown suspect came up and began shooting. After the shooting, the suspect fled in an unknown direction. Police do not have any details about the suspect at this time.
One man was declared dead at the scene and the other two were taken to a local hospital to be treated for their injuries; one sustained life threatening injuries and the other sustained non-life threatening injuries.
A man, who did not want to be identified, said he hears gunfire at least once a day near the area.
"A lot of incidents always around there, you see cops always, tape, don't know what's going on but there's always something going on there," the man said.
During a period of less than two years, this RaceWay received 937 calls to JSO, a fact First Coast News uncovered last year.
A RaceWay spokesperson told us in September they were cracking down on loitering by adding additional signs, increasing lighting and enhancing the store's surveillance system.
On Wednesday, a RaceWay spokesperson sent First Coast News this statement:
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families during this difficult time, as the safety of our guests and team members is our top priority. The security measures that we put in place last fall remain, and we are currently evaluating additional options and cooperating with local authorities to address the security concerns in the area."
Within the last 180 days, there have been a half-dozen thefts, two of those were stolen cars. There was also a carjacking and five assaults including one shooting, all within 500 feet of RaceWay, according to JSO's online crime map.
The man we spoke with believes more security at the RaceWay wouldn't hurt.
"That's all I could say is security or hire someone to help regulate that lot because they're always hanging out at nighttime," he said.
If you have any information please call JSO's non-emergency line at 904-630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
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