Alongside Jacksonville, which is dealing with COVID-19, it was also a summer of violence – especially in July.
Dozens of people were shot and killed and 12 people died in the first 12 days of July.
This is because Jacksonville is well ahead of its pace of murders for the year.
On Saturday, a man was killed in the parking lot of an oil change shop on 103rd Street on the west side and another was stabbed to death near San Juan and Roosevelt.
On Thursday evening, Jacksonville police found a dead man in the middle of Palmdale Street in northwest Jacksonville.
On the south side, JSO is looking for a woman who may be linked to a fatal shooting Thursday night at the Knights Inn hotel in the Baymeadows area.
Ken Jefferson, News4Jax’s crime and security expert, who retired after more than 20 years in the Jacksonville sheriff’s office, said the trend was worrying.
“We’re about to set a record for murder this year, if we look at the dates we have right now, and that’s not a good thing for our city,” Jefferson said. (I think a) One factor that I think is often, especially in summer, is a lot of restlessness in young people because if you look at the average age of a victim, they are relatively young.
On the west side, also on Thursday, a fight in an SUV on Jammes Road became fatal. A man in his early twenties was shot several times. A trail of blood from the SUV led to another person who was shot but survived.
This summer is well on its way to seeing more gunshots and deaths than last year. This makes it a challenging and stressful time for the police and the public alike where everyone just wants peace.
When we asked JSO about the July shootings and whether or not these were isolated situations, a JSO spokesperson said the following:
“I have not yet been able to find any statistics for July to check whether the crime rate has increased,” said the spokesman. “However, in relation to the recently reported shootings, the scenarios given would be two of the many possible motives for the crimes to occur.”
When asked for a public comment on the shootings, the spokesman said, “No comment is available at the time of this response.”
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