2 shootings within hours in Murray Hill

Published On: Sep 01 2014 03:58:29 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 01 2014 08:42:18 PM EDT

Police are investigating two westside shootings that were just a few hours apart and less than two miles apart. Fortunately, both victims are expected to be okay. Police say the first shooting happened just after 7pm on Alpha Avenue. They say a teen was shot in the back with a pellet gun, after two men ordered him to hand over his phone and his wallet. Hours later a man riding his bike along McDuff Avenue was also wounded. News4Jax's Heather Leigh talked to one man who lead police to, what may be, a key pie


It was a busy night late Sunday and early Monday for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office after two shootings in Murray Hill.

Investigators searched for two men they said robbed a teen of his wallet and then shot him in the back with a pellet gun.

Preston Faulkner was home at the time but said he didn't hear anything. He eventually saw the flashing lights and came out to see what was going on.

"I asked them if there was anything to be concerned about, and he nonchalantly told me that there was someone shot at the end of the road," Faulkner said. "So I said, 'Oh, OK. So yeah, there is something to be concerned about.'"

Another neighbor, who has security cameras mounted on the front of his house, said shortly after a bicyclist was seen riding by, two men were seen running down Alpha Avenue just after 7 p.m. He said the bicyclist is his neighbor, and that he was also threatened by the men.

He told police about the video and said they picked up a copy as evidence.

Faulkner said there was even more evidence that police didn't see right away. The crime scene tape on Alpha near Hamilton Street was tied to a red truck, and then it was strung across the street over to a utility pole. Faulkner said after the police had cleared the scene, he left his house to go get something to drink from the store. He said when he came back he saw something red, then went over to look and noticed two shirts lying in a ditch.

"All the coverage on the news that I heard up to that point told me they were looking for red shirts," Faulkner said. "I called the non-emergency number and told them there might be some useful information here. They showed up probably about 30 minutes later."

Faulkner said police took the shirts in evidence bags and left shortly after.

There was another shooting just a few hours later, around midnight, about a mile down on McDuff Avenue at Post Street.

Officers said when they arrived, they found a man shot in the side. He told police he was riding his bicycle when he was shot and noticed two men running from the scene, but wasn't able to get a good description of them.

"A lot of people have to go to work on their bikes, and a lot of them just for pleasure," resident Bessie Keaton said. "I think it's not really that safe."

The man is expected to be OK.

JSO is asking anyone with information about either shooting to call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.


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