JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – Two tragic shootings have marred the beginning of the new year in Jacksonville, FL. The first incident saw a 16-year-old boy fatally shot during a large gathering at the Coopers Hawk apartments. Just three days later, another devastating shooting claimed the life of a 14-year-old boy in a separate incident. This violence has brought the total number of homicides in 2023 to 157, following 168 the previous year, according to Times-Union records.
The most recent shooting occurred when officers were dispatched to the 9000 block of Castle Boulevard after reports of gunshots. Upon arrival, they found the 14-year-old victim suffering from a gunshot wound. Despite being rushed to the hospital, he did not survive. The Sheriff’s Office has shared that witnesses heard the gunfire and discovered the victim, but little more information is available at this early stage of the investigation.
In the previous tragic incident, a 16-year-old boy lost his life during a fight at the Coopers Hawk apartments. It was reported that two groups of juveniles had engaged in an altercation at a party, leading to several shots being fired. The circumstances surrounding the shooting, including whether the teen was specifically targeted or involved in the dispute, are still under investigation.
As of now, no arrests have been made in either case. Law enforcement has urged anyone with information to come forward, offering multiple ways to reach out anonymously and potentially be eligible for rewards.
These tragic events serve as a heartbreaking reminder of the ongoing issue of violent crime in Jacksonville, particularly among young people. The community is left to grapple with the devastating loss of these teenagers, as law enforcement continues their efforts to bring those responsible to justice.