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Police ask for community's help after double shooting in Durkeeville

“Right now, we’re early on in the investigation, so we’re just asking for the community's help.”

Police are asking for a community's help following a Friday morning double shooting that sent two people to the hospital. 

Two men are recovering in area hospitals after they were shot following an exchange in Durkeeville along Myrtle Avenue around 11:30 a.m. Friday.

The shooting put nearby Staton College Prep on a code red lockdown. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says the school wasn’t threatened or involved in any way.

“No one is in custody at this time," JSO Lt. Alan Parker. "Everyone is under observation at area hospitals."

JSO says five shots were fired in the 2600 block of Myrtle Avenue near Mt. Ararat Baptist Church and a nearby discount food store.

“Right now, we’re early on in the investigation, so we’re just asking for the community's help,” Parker said.

Police are still trying to figure out why and who fired the shots. They did not say if the incident was gang-related or how many people were involved. The two men being treated did not use an ambulance and arrived at the hospital on their own.

Police say they were able to respond quickly thanks to their spot-shotter technology which sends alerts when guns are fired to dispatch.

“It just helps with response time," Parker said. "It’s a really good tool for law enforcement, it’s a great tool absolutely.”

Police are searching for surveillance video from nearby stores in hopes of getting more information. 

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