Seven People Shot In Early Morning Shooting

Seven people have been shot, police are searching for three suspects.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- Early Monday morning two men shot more than 50 rounds at a group of people at Eureka Gardens hitting seven people.

Police are now reviewing security footage at Eureka Gardens. Sgt. Shawn Coarsey with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office told News 4 Jax, a group of 8-10 people were sitting outside one of the apartment buildings when three men approached with a rifle and pistol. The three men began firing on the group of people sitting outside.

Among the group of people was an infant, but Sgt. Coarsey says the child was not injured. Two of the seven shot are said to be in critical condition and the five others were listed as stable.

Sgt. Coarsey explained that police were not certain whether the crime was gang related or not, though they will be investigating that further. As of now it was assumed that someone knew someone since it was a targeted group of people for a reason.

Tracy Grant, President f the Eureka Gardens Tenant Association said that people just don’t know how to talk anymore or how to use good communication to resolve issues.

According to News 4 Jax, there was no information available at the time on the people shot and the gunmen. The suspects were captured on surveillance video and the video was handed over to the police as part of the investigation.

The safety of Eureka Gardens is now in question. Wayman Ministries has issued an emergency meeting to start at 1 p.m. to discuss safety.

In the past six months there have been 45 assaults within a quarter mile of the complex, according to News 4 Jax. There was also one robbery, but no homicides.

The last homicide to occur at the Westside complex was in October 2014 when 15-year-old Demantrae Franklin was shot to death. That case remains unsolved.