Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Shooting Suspect May Be in Duval

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Shooting Suspect May Be in Duval

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A suspect in a deadly Lake City shooting is thought to be in the Jacksonville area and has a warrant for his arrest.

Authorities in Columbia County responded to Annie Mattox Park on March 31 after three people were shot, according to the Lake City Police Department. Two of the victims survived but 16-year-old Travarious Claridy died several days later.

A 16-year-old turned himself in after three arrest warrants were issued and Bennie L. Jordan, 40, surrendered to authorities Tuesday night, according to the Police Department.

Jordan turned himself in at the Hamilton County Jail after media reported he was wanted in Columbia County.

Investigators are still looking for Ronyeah R. Wright, 19, according to the Police Department.

Investigators said he should be considered armed and dangerous. Contact police at (386) 752-4343 or email or the anonymous tip line at (386) 719-2068.

Joe Daraskevich


Two more drive-by shootings struck Jacksonville neighborhoods late Monday night, one in Grand Park and the other near Panama Park.

In the first one, at about 9:55 p.m. Monday, occurred at West 23rd and Mecca streets. Police said the victim and a cousin were standing outside when a unknown type of vehicle drove up and someone inside opened fire. The man was struck in the leg.

In the second attack, about 11:30 p.m., the shooter or shooters targeted a group in the 6700 block of Buffalo Avenue in the Panama Park area. Gunshots rang out from a dark van, hitting one of the men in the torso. Police said his injuries are not life-threatening.

No names or ages were provided.

Scott Butler


A man in his late teens or early 20s died Tuesday morning when his car went off a Westside Jacksonville road and smashed into a tree.

Police said the unidentified driver was traveling east on Columbus Avenue near Prospect Street about 9 a.m. when, for unknown reasons, he lost control of his vehicle. The car began spinning and struck the tree in the front yard of a home.

The driver was taken to UF Health Jacksonville, where he was pronounced dead. …

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