The 14-year-old runaway driver amongst 4 youngsters in Jacksonville was charged with triple homicides
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Four teenagers are accused of shooting a woman and two men late Monday night in an apartment in northwest Jacksonville. A young mother who worked briefly for the prosecutor was one of the victims.
JSO’s investigative director Mike Bruno said Wednesday a 14-year-old girl previously convicted of a crime drove the car that fled apartments in Calloway Cove on West Moncrief Road following the shooting. Gang unit officers who had worked inside the complex and heard the gunfire chased the car for almost 3 miles before performing a PIT maneuver to bring it down.
The girl is charged with second degree murder and criminal conspiracy along with Keon Lester, 18, and Kyshawn and Owen Laureano Cosme (both 17). Detectives have not yet identified who the shooter was or any link between the accused and the victims.
The 14-year-old, who does not name News4Jax because of her age, is also accused of fleeing from a law enforcement officer. Bruno said all four had previously arrested crimes.
Bruno said three small arms – one partially disassembled – were recovered from the car that police learned was stolen from Clay County.
Bruno said when the teenagers blurted out, “We didn’t shoot these people.” The officers returned to the complex and searched until they found a woman and two dead in an apartment in Building E. At the home, too, police said they found 100 Oxycontin pills, a large ball of white powder and a large amount of cash. Detectives believe that robbery was the motive for the shootings.
Police said these four teenagers had committed adult crimes Monday night.
“This is not an accidental act of violence,” said Bruno. “It is shocking and appalling to see that children – 14, 17, 18 years old – commit such crimes in our city.”
The 18-year-old appeared in court on Wednesday and was detained without bond.
Jacksonville Police Department no longer identifies crime victims, but says the men are 27 and 30 years old and the woman is 30 years old.
On a GoFundMe website, the woman’s victim was identified as a former prosecutor who “would do what was necessary for her son and family”. The family asked not to use her name.
“If you really met her, you loved her because she was inside and out,” her family wrote on the page. “May (her) character and love be with us forever and keep her spirit alive and positive.”
The triple shooting took place on Monday around 11:50 p.m. A neighbor told News4Jax that she heard something at the complex early Tuesday that sounded like an estimated 20-30 shots.
Police photo shows guns found in the car that fled a triple murder Monday night at a complex in northwest Jacksonville. (Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office)
The area has faced violent crime for years. In 2015, Jacksonville City Council named 4229 Moncrief Road one of the best places in town to be the most likely victim of a violent crime.
In 2018, Millennia Companies bought the complex at 4229 W. Moncrief Road and spent $ 10.6 million on renovations. A company spokesman made a statement to News4Jax in response to Monday’s violence.
“We are saddened by this violence and sympathize with those affected,” the statement said in part. “Our property management and leadership teams are working very hard to respond to this incident and work with law enforcement officers as they continue their investigation. For those who need help coping during this difficult time, we have provided counselors for residents and staff. “
Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 904-630-0500 or email [email protected] Those who want to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.
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