Suspect arrested in fatal gas station shooting, vehicle recovered

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Police arrested 21-year-old Nicholas Justin Stoner, one of the two suspects in Monday's fatal shooting at BP gas station.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Stoner was charged as an accessory to the murder of 21-year-old Nedzad Botonjic. Police are still searching for the shooter. The red sedan that was being sought by investigators in connection with the homicide has been recovered.

The victim's family is mourning the loss of their only son who was gunned down in the parking lot of the BP store located in the 9700 block of Atlantic Boulevard.

Botonjic was found dead in the parking lot with multiple gunshot wounds, according to JSO.

"My heart is broken, my heart is totally broken," said Rufad Botonjic who came to the United States twenty years ago from Bosnia. The family has lived on the First Coast for 16 years.

A call came into the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office reporting shots fired at the BP gas station at Atlantic Boulevard and Live Oak Drive around 6:30 p.m., according to JSO Sgt. Craig Waldrup.

With his wife and family friends at his side the father spoke of a son, Nedzad Botonjic, who did everything right working most recently at a McDonalds with plans to go to college. Dad says after viewing security video that his son was the target of a robbery.

"I saw video, my boy had enough, open door to push him (suspect) to get out," said Botonjic who said his son was in his car with the suspect first approaching the passenger side then moving to confront his son who was behind the wheel.

The Botonjic family says was likely trying to get escape the dangerous confrontation when he was killed, "my son never fight, did not understand fighting," said the grieving father who is now concerned about the safety of his three daughters who are school aged.

Anyone who has any information in regards to this homicide is asked to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500 or email

To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward up to $3,000 contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.


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