JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police are looking forseveral people involved in adrive-by shooting that resulted in the death of an innocent bystander who was on a nearby porch visiting friends.
It happened at 11:35 p.m. Wednesday night when two men were walking north on Blue Avenue near West 10th Street. A car approached and when gunfire erupted from the car, the two men fired back.
The gunfight was directly across the sidewalk from the porch of a home where 32-year old Frank Harrity was sitting and visiting friends. A man who lived in the home told First Coast News that Harrity was struck by a bullet to the chest as he pointed to his heart.
Harrity was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police have no suspects. They believe Harrity was hit by gunfire from the car.
"All I can tell you is it is a dark colored vehicle," said Lt. Ron Schoonover with JSO Homicide. "That is all we have. We don't know how many were in the car and the two black males walking down the street also fled after firing bullets at the car."
Christopher Williams stopped by the scene of the crime. Williams said Harrity worked for him in his landscaping business and he had just seen Harrity at about 10 p.m. Wednesday night, just before the shooting.
"He was a very good guy. He would give his shirt off his back. He helped my 100-year old grandmother, putting the paper up for her, and running errands for her. It really saddens me that he had to die like that, and that we as people have to resort to that kind of violence, It hurts me, man."
Family members told First Coast News that Harrity lived on 13th Street across the street from Stanton College Prep School. Harrity was the youngest of eight siblings. His brother said he was working on his GED and his sister said he was a very kind man.
"For him to be an innocent bystander, it is very sad to hear," said Williams.