Brother: Man shot in head survived because bullet first bounced off dashboard

Police said the suspects began shooting into the victim's car for an unknown reason.

The man shot in the head while driving on the Southside was grazed by the bullet after it bounced off the car dashboard, the brother of the victim tells First Coast News.

The man was driving on the off ramp of J. Turner Butler Boulevard to Southside Boulevard when he shot in the head by unknown suspects early Sunday morning.

Police said the suspects began shooting into the victim's car for an unknown reason. After the shooting, the man was able to pull into a parking lot near Jason's Deli at 4351 Southside Boulevard to call police.

The victim was transported to Memorial Hospital with a single gunshot wound to the head. When police found the victim, he was talking and conscious.

The victim's brother said the shooting was random and they just want to find whoever did this.

First Coast News is not revealing the victim or any family's member's names for their safety.

Michael Knox, a Jacksonville forensic consultant, said a bullet deflection can deaden a bullet down to about a quarter or an eighth of its normal speed.

An Aggravated Battery Unit will be conducting a follow-up investigation, according to JSO.

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