JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – According to News4Jax records, 20 teenagers have been shot dead in Jacksonville so far this year.
On Thursday, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office classified the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy in Woodstock Park on West Beaver Street as murder.
“I hate to see things like that,” said David Cail, who has lived on the Westside for 30 years.
He said it hurts to learn that a teenage boy was killed steps away from his home.
“It’s a shame that our youth are being killed every day and youth versus youth crime,” said Cail.
Police said they believed the gunshots on Tuesday were due to some kind of fighting.
At 43 parks across the city, including Woodstock Park, JSO has an officer living there to help secure it. The city said the JSO officer was “present in the park and monitoring activities.” News4Jax asked JSO where the cop was in Woodstock Park during Tuesday’s shooting, but hadn’t heard anything until Thursday afternoon.
There were eight murders that year in 32254, which includes Woodstock Park, including the one on Tuesday.
“Somebody lost his son. Someone lost a family member, a loved one. So that’s what we’re going to have to focus on, not just a bunch of all the murders in this area, ”said Jacksonville councilor Garrett Dennis. “But let me say that, we know what the problems are. It is time for the city, the Sheriff’s Office, together with the city, to deploy resources in the area where we have a high crime rate. “
Since the kids don’t go to school in the summer, Dennis encourages them to be patient, find positive activities, and speak up when they see something wrong.
Anyone with information on Tuesday’s fatal shootings is encouraged to call JSO at 904-630-0500 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS (8477).
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