Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Briefs; Man Shot during Argument at Apartments

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Briefs; Man Shot during Argument at Apartments

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Byline: DAN SCANLAN

A 23-year-old Mandarin man was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon Dec. 16 after a 59-year-old man was shot in the buttocks in an apartment complex at 4320 Sunbeam Road.

The younger man identified himself as the shooter when police arrived.

The incident began at 1:50 p.m., when the victim was driving in to the complex and had to stop because a "group of kids" was blocking the way, according to police. The victim said he told the kids to stay out of the road, then parked and went to the front office to complain. As he did, a woman came in and claimed he used a racist term when he talked to the children, and an argument ensued. The woman's niece came in with a baseball bat and accused the victim of telling her and the other children the same thing.

As the argument continued, a man walked into the office and told the victim to "get out of his girlfriend's face" according to the report. When the victim turned away from the man, he was shot, police said.

An employee called police and was talking to them when the man dropped a 9 mm handgun, a magazine with bullets and a holster on her desk.

The victim was taken to Shands Jacksonville with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. The younger man was arrested at the scene, police said.

Following are the crimes and other incidents reported recently in the Mandarin, Beauclerc and San Jose areas, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office:

-- Detectives confiscated 131 marijuana plants growing at a Mandarin home Tuesday. The homeowner told police, "I guess I just have a green thumb."

The man, 28, has been arrested on charges of cultivating marijuana, trafficking in marijuana and creating a public nuisance after the raid on the home, and is jailed on $10,000 bond, police said.

Detectives searched a home in the 9900 block of Sage Tree Court at 7:30 a. …

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