Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

2 Men Shot, 1 Dies at Hospital; They Were Found Lying in a Street after Reports of Gunfire Thursday

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

2 Men Shot, 1 Dies at Hospital; They Were Found Lying in a Street after Reports of Gunfire Thursday

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Jacksonville police are investigating another slaying this week as a man died after being found shot on a city street Thursday night.

Police were called to reports of gunfire about 10:15 p.m. at Kings Road and Division Street in Northwest Jacksonville. Officers found two men lying on the ground with apparent gunshot wounds.

Ryan Bernard Williams, 23, of the 2400 block of North Canal Street, died at the hospital, the Sheriff's Office said.

An 18-year-old, who is not being named by the Times-Union because no arrests have been made, survived. He was taken to Shands Jacksonville hospital.

Police are still trying to determine the motive.

The shootings follow Wednesday night's slaying of Christopher A. Alfaro, 24, of the 3500 block of Ernest Street. Alfaro was apparently shot as he was driving. The vehicle crashed at Cassat and Shirley avenues.

In a second shooting Wednesday, a 50-year-old man was found shot on the Northside near Dunn Avenue. He was hospitalized in critical condition.

Police arrested a gunman in Wednesday's slaying of Levi W. Broomfield, 21, who was shot during an argument in his Westside apartment.

No arrests have been reported in Monday's slaying of Tremayne D. Lovett, 19, who was found shot in the stairwell of an Eastside apartment complex.

There have been 20 homicides in Jacksonville this year, compared to 25 at the same time last year, 35 each in 2008 and 2007, and 44 in 2006. Last year's total of 113 was the lowest since 2003 when the city recorded 108 killings.

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MOTORCYCLIST DIES AT THE SCENE OF MANDARIN CRASH

Jacksonville police have identified a man killed in a Mandarin motorcycle accident early Friday as Thomas L. Fortner, 47, of the 11500 block of Lois Cross Drive.

Police said Fortner was riding his Harley-Davidson north on San Jose Boulevard near Pall Mall Boulevard about 2:15 a.m. when he appeared to have struck a curb, lost control of the cycle and crashed. …

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