JACKSONVILLE, Fla — One man is dead after the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said he was found shot inside a car on the Northside Saturday morning.
JSO said officers found a two-vehicle car crash just off Dunn Avenue after 5:15 a.m. A man was found shot inside one of the vehicles and was later pronounced dead at a hospital, JSO said.
“That’s shocking. That’s crazy. Things like that just typically don’t happen on a day-to-day basis," said Alexis Brinkley, who lives nearby.
Alexis Brinkley couldn't believe the news of a homicide in her neighborhood.
A sea of police cars, crime scene tape, evidence markers and worried onlookers surrounded the area of Dunn Avenue and Harts Road early Saturday morning.
“Patrol officers in the area heard what appeared to be gunshots in the 10800 block of Harts Road. There’s several businesses over there," said Sgt. Harry Goldfein, with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
Goldfein said someone fired multiple times at a dark car, and it collided with a white vehicle. First Coast News spoke exclusively with the driver of the white SUV. He stated that he was on his way to work when he heard about 20 shots in the area of the Gold Rush motel, and then the crash happened. He also said the shots continued after the accident.
“He was shot inside the vehicle, and at some point, he crashed," Goldfein said. "We don’t know what caused the crash, whether it was because it was raining, whether he lost control, or it was because of the gunshot.”
“It’s normally a quiet area," Brinkley said. "It’s not too much going on in the neighborhood. It’s surprising, to say the least.”
If you have any information about this incident call JSO at 904-630-0500 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.