Shootings of 5 people take toll on residents
Updated On: Dec 13 2012 06:53:46 PM EST
At least one gunman is still on the streets after shooting five people late Wednesday afternoon in front of a small store off Kings Road.
The shootings occurred at the intersection of Tyler and Windle streets just before 5 p.m. in the New Town neighborhood of Northwest Jacksonville. The victims' injuries ranged from critical to non-life-threatening.
The shootings are taking their toll on residents in the neighborhood.
Jiminette Holloway said she had just left the corner store right before the shootings started. She was with her young son and said she knows all five of the young men who were shot.
"Yeah, I rarely come out the door. This is as far as I go around the corner from my mama's house," Holloway said. "Yeah, it's dangerous. These guys bring a lot of the stuff on themselves. They just crazy, all of them. Everybody needs to get themselves together and stop doing all the stuff they are doing and they would not have these type of problems."
Holloway said it could have easily been her or her son who was shot. That's what other parents in the neighborhood are worried about now. They see police in the area, but they've not seen any action taken.
"I would like to see justice happen," resident Karlin Daniels said.
Daniels said it's not just thugs with guns who hang out at the store, it's the whole neighborhood. At least once a day, it seems everyone walks to it, Daniels said. She said something has got to change, but she doesn't know how that's going to happen.
"I think that it's sad all this shooting and killing, all this stuff going on does not make any sense," Daniels said. "But that is life. It's just what they want to do. They don't know what do with themselves but kill up one another."
Rescuers said three victims were taken to a hospital by ambulance and two were driven to a hospital by personal vehicles. The names and conditions of the victims have not been released.
"You know, when you live in a place like this, you want to have your kids out playing," resident Latarya Strickland said. "So what if they were five kids?"
Late Wednesday night, police described the shootings as a drive-by, but they didn't have any suspect information.
Channel 4 crime analyst Ken Jefferson said sometimes the best information from witnesses comes after the fact.
"There are those who want to talk, cooperate," Jefferson said. "They just won’t do it in the presence of everyone else on the street. They’re not going to do that. They’re street savvy."
Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous and could collect a $1,000 reward.
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