JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A man was killed after a shooting in downtown Jacksonville Monday morning.
Police say it happened near Broad Street North and Ashley Street West.
Just before 8 a.m., Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office officers responded to the area after receiving separate calls about a dispute and a shooting.
Officers arrived and found a man who appeared to be in his 30s to 40s who had been shot multiple times. The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department took the man to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, JSO said.
Police said the circumstances surrounding the shooting were unclear, but the dispute was believed to have involved people throwing rocks at cars.
Investigators believe the shooting may have escalated from that, but are still trying to determine that.
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Crime scene detectives are working to obtain surveillance video of the area.
A possible suspect has been identified and officers are speaking with that person. Police said the victim and suspect did not know each other.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact JSO at 904-630-0500.
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Clara White Mission, which is located near where the shooting occurred but is not related to the shooting, issued the following statement:
“At 8:52 a.m. Monday morning, staff at the Clara White Mission were notified that there was a police presence near the mission and that someone had been shot. Michelle Maule, director of marketing and community liaison, arrived at the mission to find police investigating a shooting that appeared to have occurred at the corner of Broad St. and Beaver St.
“Security protocols were used to account for mission personnel conducting normal activities, serving veteran residents who are part of the Clara White Mission transitional housing program. All were accounted for and safe. The veteran residents were eating breakfast at the time they believe the shooting occurred. Due to the Memorial Day holiday, the offices were closed and other staff members had the day off. The mission’s daily feeding program for the homeless was put on hold until Tuesday, when staff and volunteers would return after the holiday weekend.
“The Clara White Mission is perfectly located in downtown Jacksonville to be a safe haven for the homeless. While prioritizing homeless veterans, the mission serves the general population of homeless individuals, ex-offenders, and low-income families. The Clara White Mission feeds, houses, and provides vocational training that offers relief to people suffering from the burdens of poverty, substance abuse, and mental illness. Clara White Mission offers Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and has a food pantry that people can access 3 days a week. Five days a week, from 8:30 am to 10 am, volunteers help feed the homeless at the mission.
“On June 16, the Clara White Mission will host its 29th annual Miracle on Ashley Street event. They hope to feed more than 800 people and raise awareness about homelessness and hunger in Jacksonville. The mission encourages volunteers and businesses to join in this work to feed the hungry and care for the homeless. Visiting the website is the best way to get involved, https://www.clarawhitemission.org/miracle-on-ashley-st
“Providing a safe place where people can get help has been the goal of the mission since its founder Eartha White began doing mission work from her home in the 20th century. Clara White Mission has expanded beyond being a soup kitchen over the last 118 years and continues to keep Eartha’s legacy alive by doing all the good she can, for all the people she can in every way possible.”
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