Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Man Shot Dead Is 108th Homicide, Another Injured

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Man Shot Dead Is 108th Homicide, Another Injured

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A Northwest Jacksonville neighborhood that residents describe as normally peaceful erupted in gunfire early Friday, leaving a man dead and another at Shands Jacksonville hospital.

Richard Lester Jefferson, 37, was already in grave condition when he was taken to a fire station nearly four miles from the shooting and died after medics took him to the hospital, police said.

The second victim, a 53-year-old man shot in what appears to be a home invasion robbery in the 9200 block of Norfolk Boulevard, also went to Shands but did not have life-threatening injuries, Jacksonville homicide Lt. Pat Ivey said.

That victim's name is not being released by the Times-Union because no one has been arrested in the shooting.

Ivey said police do not have a motive for the attack and that it's unclear whether anything was stolen. He said other people were at the house when the shooting occurred and are believed to be the ones who took Jefferson to the fire station on Lippia Road.

Jefferson has an extensive criminal history, according to court records, including charges of forcible rape, aggravated assault and drugs.

This was the city's 108th homicide this year.

Dana Treen


A Macclenny man was in serious condition Friday after falling 30 feet at a Jacksonville construction site, authorities said.

Other workers did not see John Edwin Johnson, 35, fall but said they believed he was working to place a steel beam above a concrete floor and lost his footing. North Florida Erectors is constructing a building on the site in the 2700 block of Faye Road.

Police were told Johnson had not strapped himself to the beam.

Johnson was bleeding from the nose and mouth after hitting the floor, according to a police report. He was taken to Shands Jacksonville for treatment.

A company representative reported the accident to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, police said.

Dana Treen


A two-car accident Friday on the Southside sent seven people to Shands Jacksonville, including one with life-threatening injuries.

The accident occurred about 5:30 p.m. when a Chrysler New Yorker headed west on University Boulevard South turned left toward Cagle Road. A Ford Mustang headed east on the far right lane of University plowed into the Chrysler at the intersection, officials said.

No additional information was available on the accident.

Urvaksh Karkaria


Bones found Thursday by a survey crew behind Eastside Community Church were not those of a small child, as Jacksonville police had feared.

The bones, which were spread over a large wooded area, were reassembled at the Medical Examiner's Office and were determined to be those of an animal, police said Friday.

Jacksonville police were called to the 13300 block of Beach Boulevard about 3 p. …

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