Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Westside Man, 24, Dies after Being Shot in Car Multiple Times

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Westside Man, 24, Dies after Being Shot in Car Multiple Times

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A 24-year-old Westside man died Wednesday evening after he was shot multiple times in the parking lot of his apartment complex in the 2000 block of Jammes Road on the city's Westside, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said.

Roshaun O'Neil Hayles was shot about 6:20 p.m. as he sat in a car at the Nova Eagle apartments where he lived nearby, according to police.

Police said Hayles was in a car with friends when two unknown men pulled up next to them in a dark gray Toyota 4Runner and began shooting. Officers called to the complex in reference to a shooting found those friends had driven him to a nearby convenience store at Cassat and San Juan avenues seeking help, according to the Sheriff's Office. From there, paramedics took the victim to UF Health Jacksonville where he was pronounced dead, Sgt. Steve Rudlaff said.

The Sheriff's Office confirmed the Toyota 4Runner was found abandoned at 1:40 a.m. Thursday on the city's Westside.

Police said surveillance camera video shows several people may have witnessed the shooting and are asking anyone with information to call the Sheriff's Office at (904) 630-0500, or Crime Stoppers at (866) 845-TIPS.

Garrett Pelican/Dan Scanlan



A 34-year-old man was arrested Wednesday night on charges of arson and child neglect after someone tried to set a boat with a teenage boy on board ablaze in the Fernandina Beach City Marina, according to the Fernandina Beach Police Department.

Brandon L. Hooper originally refused to come out of the boat when deputies arrived, then was arrested after saying he was "the devil" and wanted to die, according to his arrest report.

Officers were called to a boat in the South Front Street marina at 6:30 p.m. after calls of a possible domestic disturbance, the report said. A woman told police her boyfriend had tried to set their boat on fire with cigarettes and a lighter following an argument. The woman and teen were on the boat with Hooper at the time, police said.

The woman and teen were told he wanted to "burn the boat down" as he grabbed a lighter, then lit cigarettes and tossed them, even into a closet with clothing inside, police said. The 17-year-old tried to grab and extinguish the cigarettes as they were thrown. But the teen was grabbed, slapped and shoved aside, police said.

Dan Scanlan


Two Jacksonville boys ages 15 and 16 were killed in a Wednesday night crash on U.S. 17 in Nassau County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers don't know the reason for the 7 p.m. crash just two miles south of Harts Road as their investigation continues, but roads were wet after a day of heavy rain in the area.

The teens were identified as Travis Lighthall, 15, and Kay Stanley Deraway IV, 16, according to the Highway Patrol. …

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