Photo by multi-media journalist Lindsey Boetsch
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Volunteers from the Navy Dive Team at Mayport jumped into action after a shooting near a school.
"When I heard that happened, it shook my heart. Because as a parent you want to have bubble wrap around your kids all the time," said Bobby Gonzales.
Bobby Gonzales said his daughter Meilani was one of two dozen volunteers cleaning up the Justina Road Park when they heard gunshots.
"I was right next to the Navy guys, and immediately they told me to start running behind the school," said Meilani.
"It was a Navy Dive Team, volunteers, Principal Harris, they immediately went in to action. They made sure all the kids were safe, locked down in the school, every exit, they wouldn't let anyone come in to the school," said Gonzales.
Police immediately responded, and made sure the area was safe. Gonzales is proud of how quickly everyone responded.
"I'm proud to say I'm from a Navy town. Those guys from the dive team at Mayport, they just locked it down," said Gonzales.
"Two of the Navy guys came and escorted me to my car, right in front of where the shooting happened. But I felt super safe, and I couldn't have asked for better help," said Meilani.
A spokeswoman for the school district said no children who attend the school were ever in danger, and they want to focus on the good the community did cleaning up the playground.
Gonzales said he's just glad everyone one there was looking out for his daughter.
"At that moment, you realize, people take care of our babies. And when you see this, it's good to know that people care in our community,' he said.
First Coast News