Gang related shooting in Jacksonville stadium, Report.
Police are investigating after six people were shot in a drive-by shooting Sunday A. Philip Randolph Boulevard and Pippin Street — about a half-mile away from TIAA Bank Field.
Five of the victims are men and one is a woman, according to police.
Five of the victims were found wounded at the scene near a laundromat, and another victim arrived at the hospital on their own. Jacksonville police said the victims range in age from 20 to 70 years old.
Investigators believe the shooter opened fire from the passenger side of a vehicle and said there could be more than one shooter.
JSO Director of Investigations and Homeland Security Ron Lendvay said they believe the suspects were driving a silver or gray four-door sedan, possibly a Nissan Altima or Maxima. He said the shooting happened at 12:35 p.m. Sunday, then the suspects fled off Pippin Street.
At last check, three of the six adults shot were in critical condition.
Jaguars fans leaving the game who are parked within the area near the crime scene were escorted to their vehicles by officers. A few fans heard the shots before the game.
“We had just parked our cars, and we walked it not even a good block. My son in law and my daughter went to the car to take my grandson’s bag. Right as they rejoined ya, we heard the shots. We didn’t know if we should fall to the ground. We didn’t know what to do,” Vanessa Holmes said.
Witnesses at the scene say they heard the gunfire near the front of a laundromat on A. Philip Randolph.
“We were over there talking and suddenly, it was like ten gunshots. We ran and went for cover and then I saw the police, and people were crowding down there,” Yvonne Lee said.
Another witness said that a man was shot in the head and a woman was shot in the hip.
Many said they saw people running out of the coin laundry business when the shots were fired.
The area of town where the shooting happened is known for criminal activity. Jacksonville City Councilman Reggie Gaffney, who represents the district said he is aware of crime in the area.
“In talking to the sheriff’s department, they are going to beef up patrol. Evidently, it’s not working. We have a crime issue,” Gaffney said. “Every other week and every other month out there, it’s too much. I got several calls.”