20 Teens Shot This Year In Jacksonville

Jun 11, 2021
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Twenty teenagers have been shot so far this year in Jacksonville, according to News4Jax records.

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One of the men accused in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery was involved in a previous prosecution of Arbery, according to a letter written by a prosecutor who has since recused himself from the case. 

In an April 7 letter, Waycross Judicial Circuit District Attorney George Barnhill wrote that his son and the suspect, Gregory McMichael, helped with an earlier prosecution of Arbery when they both worked for the Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office.

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The owners of Chicago Pizza have announced they will reopen at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 5.

The business has been closed since the August 26 tragedy that left three dead, including the gunman, who took his own life. Ten others were shot and survived.

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Sheriff Mike Williams announced Tuesday that two men are under arrest and a third is wanted in Saturday evening's shootout at a Westside strip mall that resulted in the death of 7-year-old Heidy Rivas Villanueva.

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Sheriff Mike Williams, Mayor Lenny Curry and State Attorney Melissa Nelson are set to address the media in reference to an update in the investigation of the shooting death of 7-year-old Heydi Rivas-Villanueva Tuesday at 3 p.m.

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The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office showed off a new-to-the-city technology for helping to solve gun crimes. The Jacksonville City Council approved the purchase of a $250,000 Integrated Ballistics Identification System in March. Now it’s up and running.


A gunman ambushed a customs agent Tuesday afternoon, shooting him from behind before turning the gun on himself and taking his own life in the parking lot of a Publix shopping center in the Oakleaf area, Clay County deputies said.

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Updated 12:05 p.m. Saturday: 

Two Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office police officers are expected to recover after they were shot while responding to a call Friday night.  What started as a domestic incident also left a man dead after the shootout with police.

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Jacksonville police are looking for witnesses who may have information about two shootings at city parks Tuesday evening.

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Three Jacksonville police officers have been arrested for tampering with evidence after one of them fatally shot a robbery suspect early this month.

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The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help identifying witnesses to a shooting in downtown Jacksonville on Jan. 4. Police have released this surveillance video, which shows the moments after the double shooting near Art Walk that left two teens injured.




Police continue to search for whomever shot a pellet gun at three cars and caused a rollover crash on I-295 in Jacksonville last weekend.  

A Westside woman says her car was shot on the same road in April.

Updated: JSO Officer Shot; 19-Year-Old In Custody

Mar 9, 2016
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An off-duty narcotics detective shot Wednesday morning during a traffic stop on the Westside is out of surgery and expected to survive, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office announced just before noon.

Duval County school administrators and law enforcement will meet with the Terry Parker High School community to talk about proactive safety measures Thursday after recent gun-related incidents.

Students are feeling unsafe after two teenagers were arrested last week for a shooting near a school-bus stop.

On Wednesday, a former employee of Roanoke station WDBJ named Vester Lee Flanagan shot dead 24-year-old reporter Alison Parker and 27-year-old cameraman Adam Ward, while Parker was live on the air. We discuss this tragedy and how newsrooms handle events like this with Bob Ellis, General Manager of WJXT Channel 4, and David Luckin, WJCT Music Director and 30 year broadcast veteran.

  Update: The former Virginia journalist who killed two of his former co-workers, is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  WDBJ7-TV general manager Jeffrey Marks described Bryce Williams as a disgruntled employee who displayed "anger issues".


NPR is reporting the man accused of killing Virginia journalists on live television Wednesday morning is alive but injured and in critical condition.

The shooting deaths of a Roanoke, Virginia, television news reporter and a photographer are reverberating in newsrooms across the country, including at television stations in Jacksonville.

Tarik Minor is a news anchor and reporter at WJXT News Channel 4.

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Ten pastors and their flocks will march along one of Jacksonville’s deadliest streets to pass out water bottles in the Saturday sun.

Organizers are hoping the gesture helps quench the violence plaguing their community.

Standing among hundreds of water bottles bearing the phrase “quench the violence,” on Thursday, 10 prominent Jacksonville preachers announced they'll take to the streets to plead for peace this weekend.


Jacksonville police are asking for any information that can lead to arrest in the killing of a Riverside bar employee Wednesday night.

People who live and work near the scene of the shooting are uneasy with the suspects still on the loose.

The Blind Rabbit bar and restaurant reopened Friday morning after closing for a day out of respect for employee Daniel Rowe. Police say witnesses saw two men fleeing after the shooting in the alley behind Blind Rabbit around 10 Wednesday.

UPDATE: Police ID Suspect In Jacksonville School Bus Shooting

May 14, 2015

Update May 15, 1:35 p.m.: The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is looking for one person they believe to be the shooter in Thursday's bus incident. After speaking with witnesses, JSO has identified 16-year-old Edgar Robles as the suspect. Robles is believed to be armed and dangerous. 

Two female students are in stable condition after they were shot Thursday afternoon while riding on a school bus on 118th Street on Jacksonville's Westside.


It’s unclear whether a Jacksonville police officer shot a burglary suspect on the Northside yesterday.

Police say a shootout began after two males, one a juvenile, broke into a home near Brentwood Elementary School. Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Director Tom Hackney says Officer Matthew Krueger began shooting when gunfire broke out near the house. The 17-year-old suspect was shot in the shoulder.

Hackney says it’s unclear who shot him because the homeowner was also shooting at the suspect.

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An Eastside man has been charged with the Christmas Day murder of his girlfriend.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office arrested 24-year-old Breon Leondre Fussell in the death of his girlfriend Shannon Woods, 22.

Fussell was arrested around 8 p.m. Thursday, shortly after police found Woods shot dead in his backyard in the 1000 block of East 12th Street.

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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.


On the second day of testimony in the Michael Dunn retrial, jurors heard from eight witnesses, including the three teens who were with 17-year-old Jordan Davis when he died.


Lucia McBath was not among the 4,000 individuals that attended Michael Brown’s funeral, but she can identify with the pain of Brown’s mother more than most who were there.

Mayor Alvin Brown, Edward Waters College and lightning strikes are in the headlines today.

In about a month, Leon County and Tallahassee officials will offer a free internet-based workshop to help residents be better prepared in a “workplace active shooter incident.” It’s timely, given the recent gun incidents around the nation and on area college campuses.

Some of the questions the series of online videos hope to answer include if an active shooter showed up at your workplace, do you have plan? Are there safe areas employees can get to?

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Sam Scavella, Verizon, and Brent Greer are in the headlines today.

Devon Rashad Spencer, Peter Rummell, and Kona Skate Park are in the headlines today.

Michael Dunn, Marissa Alexander, and red light cameras are in the headlines today.