Hostage-Taker Made Threats before He Fired

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Byline: BRIDGET MURPHY, The Times-Union

First he menaced a woman in the parking lot of a Jacksonville grocery store.

Then he threatened a man inside a nearby Hess Express at 1066 University Blvd. N. with a gun, prompting a call to police for help at the business.

But authorities said James Carter Jr.'s bizarre behavior kept escalating Sunday and about 7 a.m., the 46-year-old Jacksonville man took another man hostage at the convenience store and shot him dead moments before police Officer Christopher King killed Carter with multiple gunshots.

Police identified Carter as the hostage-taker Monday, saying they believe mental problems could be an explanation. The convenience store victims were picked at random and were just stopping in to the Arlington business for a morning cup of coffee, Sheriff's Office Chief Rick Graham said.

The standoff lasted several minutes, with King firing at Carter after Carter fired a single shot into victim Ronald Alan Elder, killing the 43-year-old telecommunications worker, husband, father and church youth group leader with a single shot, police said. …


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