gun violence

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Jacksonville is opening a firearm forensics center that will help officers generate leads in cases involving violent crime.

69 Percent Of Jacksonville Murders This Year Remain Unsolved

Dec 27, 2018
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In the first 51 weeks of 2018, 128 people were killed in Jacksonville. Of those cases, 106 were classified as murders. Just 30 of the murders were cleared by arrest, and three more were closed by the death of the person who committed the crime.

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Thursday on First Coast Connect, on the heels of the deadly weekend in Jacksonville there are more calls to address the roots of Jacksonville’s gun violence.

We spoke with Ben Frazer from the Northside Coalition of Jacksonville, Wells Todd from the Jacksonville Progressive Coalition and Atlas Rankin, pastor of the New Life Community Church (01:10).  

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Monday on First Coast Connect we discussed the shooting Sunday at The Jacksonville Landing that left three dead, including the gunman, and 11 wounded. Sunday’s violence came on top of a shooting Friday at Raines High School that left on dead and one wounded.

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Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with American Medical Association President-Elect Dr. Barbara McAneny about the association’s conference this week at the Prime Osborn Convention Center focusing on gun violence, the opioid epidemic, mental health and obesity (01:16).

Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Ron Davis, father of slain Jacksonville teen Jordan Davis, on the recent rash of children shot in Jacksonville and the renewed call for more gun control (01:15).  

Angie Nixon with Party, Benefit & Jam (PB&J) told us about their upcoming Jam Sessions on major issues facing Jacksonville (27:20).

PS 27 Ventures’ Christine Lee McFaul spoke about their upcoming Female Founders Forum (38:00).  

Director of Events and Programming with Friends of Hemming Park Christina Parrish Stone told us about this weekend’s Get Down(town) event at Hemming (46:00).         



Thursday on First Coast Connect in the wake of the mass school shooting in Parkland we spoke with WLRN Miami Reporter Caitie Siwalski who was on the scene and Chad McIntyre, manager of TraumaOne Flight Services at UF Health Jacksonville Medical Center (01:03).       

We heard an update on the Medical Marijuana dispensary business in Jacksonville with Daniel Locke from Compassionate Alternative Care (30:14).

Jacksonville Business Journal Editor Timothy Gibbons told us about a story this week looking at the rise of craft breweries in Jacksonville (38:03).   

On the heels of a $2 million Bansky work of art on display at the downtown Main Library we spoke the Executive Producer of the film Saving Bansky (46:00).  

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is asking the city council to approve emergency funding for new gun identification technology.

The Integrated Ballistic Identification System uses a shell casing’s “fingerprint” to track down a shooter faster than ever. The new tech is expected to cost the city $250,000.

Wednesday on First Coast Connect, we were joined by phone with Nagol Ghandnoosh, the author of a study by the Sentencing Project that finds those serving life terms in the U.S and Florida who are eligible for parole are less likely to earn their release than in the past. We also heard from local comedian Richard Cuff, who is kicking off an initiative to curb violence in Jacksonville. Ahead of Valentine’s Day we spoke with local matchmaker Renee Richel Steilberg about her upcoming event, “Love Starts With You Tour.” 

Friday on “First Coast Connect,” our first Media Roundtable of the year. Our panel included Claire Goforth from Folio Weekly, Florida Times-Union reporter David Bauerlein, WJCT Business analyst John Burr and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk. We also heard from the founder of The Center for Sustainable Agricultural Education and Conservation Angela TenBroeck and bandleader and violinist for the Sultans of Swing Chris McKhool joined us by phone to talk about their latest CD “Subcontinental Drift” and an upcoming appearance in Jacksonville.  


News 4 Jax

A 22-year-old man shot four times by a Jacksonville Sheriff's officer Sunday morning was in stable condition at the hospital Monday and is expected to recover.

As our partners at News4Jax report, Devanta Jones is charged with domestic battery, resisting arrest with violence, battery on a law enforcement officer and burglary.

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A local nonprofit is holding a meet-and-greet and breakfast this weekend with the mothers of high-profile violence victims. Ticket sales from the events go to support anti-crime and victim-advocacy services.

The group called Hurting Families with Children of Crime is hosting tonight’s meeting and an all-day event tomorrow at the Wyndham hotel on Southbank. Organizer Linda Dayson says it’s a chance for people affected by crime to commiserate.

Reggie Fullwood, craft beer and the FSU Seminoles are in the headlines today.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Offce

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says 12-year-old boy shot and killed a 54-year-old homeless man last month in a Westside parking lot.

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Jacksonville is struggling with a two-month citywide crime wave that’s been averaging one shooting a day and a murder every other day.