JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — One man is dead after a reported shooting in the Lake Forest neighborhood on the Northside Sunday afternoon, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
Police responded to reports of a shooting in the 7900 block of Concord Boulevard East just before 1:30 p.m. Once at the scene, officers found a man suffering from at least one gunshot wound. He then died at the scene, according to JSO.
Though police have not confirmed the victim's identity, friends of the victim are telling First Coast News a 25-year-old man named Tavoris Pratt was shot and killed. Family members on social media are also saying Pratt was killed.
"He was funny. He had people who loved him," one of Pratt's family members, who didn't want to be identified, said. "He had people who were rooting for him. He had a purpose. He had a destiny."
Pratt's family and friends described him as having a huge personality that everyone was drawn to and as someone who loved his family.
"I feel like he will live through his family, but, however, you hurt a family," one of his family members said. "Not only did you hurt a family, you hurt a generation. Not only did you hurt his generation, you've hurt a generation as a whole."
Neighbors said they heard seven gunshots at around 2:30 p.m.
Witnesses have been detained but no arrests have been made. Officers said they are looking for two men who fled the scene in a white van. Police are still investigating what led up to the shooting. This marks the 18th homicide in Jacksonville since the start of 2020.
"It's not a black thing. It's not a white thing. It's not an 'I live in this neighborhood' type thing, it's a heart thing," Pratt's family member said. "We need to get our hearts back right. It's a heart thing."
Pratt's family said the city as a whole has become desensitized to violence and said everyone needs to start to value lives again.
"What happened tonight not only impacts and affects his family," that family member said. "It affects your family as well because when we do things, whether good or bad, our consequences are attached to the people who are attached to us. So let's stop hurting one another. Let's love one another. Let's build up one another. Let's support one another."
If you have any information about this shooting, call JSO at 904-630-0500 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
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