Cops in Florida Beach Town Had Very Busy Hour Sunday Night

Jacksonville Beach saw 3 shootings in 41 minutes
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2024 10:50 AM CDT
In Florida Beach Town, 3 Shootings in an Hour
People walk on the beach on April 17, 2020, in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.   (Will Dickey/The Florida Times-Union via AP)

Spring break and St. Paddy's Day must have brought the crazy, because Jacksonville Beach cops had an extremely busy Sunday night. As WJXX reports, three separate shootings occurred in the Florida city within an hour, killing one and injuring several. The beachfront, downtown, and bar area were put on lockdown Sunday night. "We've got a lot of work ahead of us to figure out everything, put all the pieces together," says a police rep. What's to know, according to police:

  • 7:50pm ET: Two suspects began firing at each other near a Best Western, injuring each other and a bystander.
  • 8:13pm: A man running fired off several shots, injuring no one. His gun was recovered, but he's still at large.
  • 8:31pm: One person was killed outside Sneakers bar. Cops are hunting for three people who brandished guns.
  • From the mayor: "One of the important points in terms of the timeline of the three distinctly separate shootings was that the response time was little to none on all three of the occurrences. Our officers were there. They anticipated. Our mutual aid partners were here very quickly," Jacksonville Beach Mayor Christine Hoffman tells News4JAX. "So I think, to me, that quick response and the quick action by our police department should be reassuring to our visitors."
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