In the two days since the Northside Coalition of Jacksonville called for a week-long ceasefire of all violence, no shootings have been reported in the city.
The ceasefire began at noon on Saturday and is scheduled to extend through March 1, according to NCOJ President Ben Frazier. As of Monday at 3:30 p.m., no shootings have been reported since the ceasefire began.
“We are calling for an immediate suspension of violence to be observed by all residents throughout the entire city of Jacksonville,” Frazier said on Saturday. "We’re asking that anyone involved in potential altercations to put an immediate stop action on any plans for conflict or hostilities during this period. No more retaliations! Instead, talk it out, mediate, negotiate and start to resolve conflicts on peaceful grounds."
The announcement was made just hours after a man was found shot multiple times in Durkeeville at 1343 W. 12th St. He was rushed to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The day before, on Friday, three shootings were reported within just three hours of each other. One shooting was a domestic disturbance at a townhouse on the Southside that left one man dead, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said.
The Northside Coalition and other civil rights organizations in Jacksonville also issued a statement in regards to potential National Guard deployment to the city.
“The National Guard is not trained in conflict de-escalation, it’s not time for the National Guard to march down Moncrief," Fraizer said.
He added the city must step in and address "underlying causes" that can contribute to violent crime.
"We believe there is a direct connection between poverty, unemployment, economic degradation and gun violence,” said Frazier.
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