Wave of Violence Hits Neighborhood; Neighborhood around Kings Road Has Its 4th Violent Crime in 5 Days

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A half-mile area around Kings Road had its fourth known violent crime in five days Sunday night, with two happening at the same home.

A man was shot in front of the house in the 1700 block of West Fourth Street about 9:30 p.m. by an unknown gunman, Lt. Jeff White said. The victim was able to drive a few blocks away and call police.

He was taken to Shands Jacksonville with non-life-threatening injuries.

Thursday night, police were called when shots were fired into the same home.

Any link between the two shootings has yet to be determined.

"It's still under investigation," White said. "We're looking into that right now."

Just across Kings Road, a man was shot in the leg Wednesday afternoon in the 1700 block of Whitner Street. The following night, a woman's body was found in the garage of a vacant house in the 1500 block of West Seventh Street.

Clifford Davis

WESTSIDE APARTMENTS EVACUATED AFTER FIRE

At least 12 units had to be evacuated after an early morning fire Monday at Canterbury Gardens apartments on the Westside, according to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.

The accidental fire that started in a downstairs unit and spread into the attic space of the building displaced 36 people, who are being assisted by the Red Cross and the fire department's emergency preparedness division, said department spokesman Tom Francis.

The fire call from the 1591 S. Lane Ave. complex came in shortly after midnight.

When firefighters arrived, flames had spread into the common attic above the units and was burning through the roof. Firefighters used ladder-mounted hoses to douse the fire. There are 14 apartment units in the building, Francis said.

He said one person who lived in an apartment suffered minor injuries but did not have to be taken to a hospital. There were no other injuries.

Dana Treen

MAN CHARGED WITH KILLING HIS BROTHER

A Jacksonville man charged with murder after his brother was killed and sister-in-law wounded in a shooting late Saturday stepped out of a hallway in his house and said, "aaeI'll love you forever,'a" before shots were fired, a witness told police.

Louis Earl Pender, 55, was charged with murder, attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Police said Ernest Leo Pender and Balarie Pender, both 57, of the 3000 block of Imperial Street, were shot about 11:45 p.m. as they sat in a living room in the 1600 block of L'Engle Street. Ernest Pender died on the couch. Balarie Pender ran to a neighbor to say she and "Moochie" had been shot.

A witness also sitting in the living room where the shooting happened told police she saw Louis Pender step out of the hallway and make the comment before multiple shots were fired.

Louis Pender called police to report the shooting and told investigators there was a history of family problems. He said they drove him to do it.

He moved into the house after his release from prison in 1998 for the 1977 shooting of Jacksonville civil rights leader W. …