Multiple gunmen possibly involved in double shooting

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Local authorities said on Monday that multiple gunmen could be responsible for an early morning double shooting.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office responded to the 2800 block of Sophia St. around 5:45 a.m. for reported gunfire with injuries.

Officers located two men who had sustained gunshot wounds while standing in a parking lot at the Huron-Sophia Apartment Complex.

One victim was shot in the stomach and the other was shot in the leg. Both men were taken to the hospital, but their conditions remain unknown.

The investigation so far has revealed that there were at least 10 shots fired, which the sheriff's office said is an indication of multiple gunmen.

A woman who has lived across from the complex for more than 30 years told First Coast News she woke up to the sound of loud popping noises.

"There were about eight or nine shots fired, so that's what brought us out of bed because it wasn't a rapid fire. It was like boom, boom, boom, like pistols," she said.

The woman, who does not want FCN to use her name or show her face, said violent crime at the apartment complex has been a growing problem.

"I don't get out and walk at all now. It's not safe. You don't know whether or not you're going to get shot or beat up," she said.

A check of the sheriff's office's crime mapping program shows there have been at least 130 incidents reported one mile around the property in the last year.

Those results were obtained when searching for past murders, burglaries and attacks with a weapon or with an injury.

So far, no arrests have been made in the double shooting. The sheriff's office also does not have a description of the possible suspects.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office asks that any witnesses to the shooting contact the department's Homicide Unit at 904-630-0500 or First Coast Crimestoppers at (866)-845-TIPS.


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