In the Northwest Quadrant of Jacksonville, off of Myrtle Avenue three people were shot this evening. One person is dead, the other two have been taken to Shands University Hospital with non life threatening injuries. The shooter remains at large. The Duval County Sheriff if still investigating the scene. A description of the shooter has not been released yet. The person who was killed was inside a car, apparently the target. The two people who were wounded were outside the car, and were not the target of the assailant.
This shooting comes on the heels of the tragic murder last week, of the Administrator of Episcopal School Dale Regan, in St. Nicholas, on the Southside by a disgruntled former teacher who had been fired earlier in the day. The teacher committed suicide after the murder. None of the students were harmed, and the school went on lock down immediately after the first shots were fired.
In the middle of all of this, a man murdered his wife, and then shot himself. This shooting occurred in Argyle Forest, on the Southwest side of town.
I do not know why we have had this series of shootings. All of them are unrelated, but it is as if we are having a murder occur every day. The suicides in conjunction with two of these murders may indicate a larger problem in this community. A mental health problem, in a society that is seeing ever increasing violence. I do not know if the two men in these separate, and unrelated shootings could have gotten the help they needed had someone noticed a problem. All I can say is we need to hold our loved ones a bit closer, and say something if we see evidence a person is having mental health issues. Furthermore, we need to teach our children how to resolve their problems in a peaceful way, to talk instead of fight, to listen instead of kill.
We are having some hard times as a community. The unemployment rate is still over 10% here, and a culture of violence, and disrespect seems to be prevalent in most areas of our city. The answers are not hard, and fast. It is going to take all of us to pick up the pieces, and make our city not only feel safe again, but make it safe in all ways relative.
My heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones in these tragedies. I pray we have better days ahead of us as a city.
God Bless You!