JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An area plagued by violence that is at the center of a JSO operation continues to see gunfire and crime. In a 24 hour period spanning Wednesday and Thursday two shootings one of them deadly on the Northwest side of Jacksonville. Some residents are asking what more can be done. It's considered the "Ceasefire Zone" but some say recent events prove otherwise. Added police patrols began in May. Officers knocked on around 14,000 doors connecting with community members. Still the brutal violence continues.
Jacksonville City Councilwoman Denise Lee is used to getting an earful from residents in District 8. That's zone 5 for Jacksonville police and the target of Operation Ceasefire. It's an area over the past few months that has been riddled with violence.
"They found a person dead this morning off Detaille Drive," said Jacqueline Williams. "And I live right off of Cleveland Road."
Williams says the early morning discovery of a 16 year old on Detaille Drive shot and killed, is simply too much to bear, especially when the gun fire happened in her own.
"I just think it's unimaginable," said Williams. "It just happens and you don't know what we can do to stop it. It's just a constant scenario."
Jonathan Thomas was found dead in a driveway in the 4300 block of Detaille Drive at 2:30 a.m. Thursday. By noon there was another shooting on the Northwest side, this time in the 1300 block of West 31st street. Police say a man was shot several times during an attempted robbery, he survived the attack.
"It has come to the point where the community has to fight back," said Councilwoman Lee.
Lee's district has seen an additional police presence due to Operation Ceasefire. It was created in May to help combat the violence still seen and felt in Williams' neighborhood.
"It doesn't make a difference whichever area you're going in, you're finding it," said Williams.
Lee believes there are a number of factors contributing to the violence including businesses allowing loitering, community members not speaking up and abandoned properties.
"What you find is a lot of these criminals, these thugs and thugettes hang around abandoned properties all day all night so they're casing the neighborhood," said Lee.
According to the Sheriff's office crime mapping program since Operation Cease fire began in May, within Zone 5 there have been nearly 140 aggravated assaults, 34 street robberies, 14 car jackings and 3 residential robberies.
"We continue our efforts to solve crimes that have occurred in the city, and we ask citizens with any information about a crime to call JSO at 630-0500 or First coast crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS, where you can remain anonymous and receive a possible reward of as much as 3000.00," said Lauri-Ellen Smith with JSO.