At around 12:30 P.M. on October 21, a drive-by shooting wounded five men and one woman. The shooting occurred at a boulevard just blocks from the general area of the Florida Stadium where the NFL held a major game. The injured victims, who ranged in age from 20 to 70, were all immediately taken to a local hospital.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office confirmed later in a post on Twitter that at least three of the victims were listed in critical condition. The director of investigations for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Ron Lendvay, explained that he doesn’t believe the shooting was related to the football game despite the timing of it. The game went on without any further incidents. Rather, police suspect the shooting may have been gang-related.
Lendvay told media outlets that the suspected shooter was likely riding inside a gray four-door sedan. An unidentified accomplice was driving the vehicle as the suspect opened fire towards the sidewalk. The car immediately sped off after a few seconds of gunfire, but detectives were able to pull surveillance videos from nearby businesses that showed the ordeal. Information obtained during the initial investigation suggested that the laundromat shooting may have been gang-related. Authorities have not released the names of the victims, but they have confirmed that there does not appear to be any link between the wounded victim.
The governor of Florida, Rick Scott, explained in a statement that he would offer any state resources Jacksonville may need to help solve this unexplainable violent crime. Witnesses with any information are being asked to call 904-630-0500 to help aid the investigation.