One man is dead and two are injured after a triple shooting at the Raines High School football game, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
Warren Jones, district school board member for Raines' district, told First Coast News he was at the game before the shooting. He says "It's a tragedy, a reflection of the neighborhood. The school is a microcosm of what is happening there."
According to reports he received from school officials, the fatality involved a former student of one of the schools. Those injured were two students from Lee High School -- one shot in the arm and one in the leg.
Mayor Lenny Curry released a statement Saturday that reads:
"Last night, a Friday night gathering of sports and community fellowship at a high school was devastated by senseless gang violence. In the hours since, I have discussed the incident with Sheriff Williams, Duval County Schools Superintendent Dr. Greene, as well as other city officials and faith leaders. I have stressed that we must redouble our commitment to showing young people that crime and violence is not the path. And for those who do not understand that fact, I will continue my support for law enforcement personnel and programs that ensure that perpetrators of crime face the full force of the criminal justice system. As mayor, I will continue this fight to rid our streets of violent gangs."
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has not publicly mentioned if the shooting has any connection to gang violence.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office spoke to the media and said multiple fights took place prior to the shooting. But it is unclear whether those fights are connected to the fatal shooting.
Police said there were nearly 50 officers in attendance and nearly 4,000 people attending the game.
A teen male with a gunshot wound to the upper body and a teenage female with a gunshot wound to the lower body were both taken to the hospital and were in stable condition at last check. The victim who died was described as a young adult male.
There is not a concrete description of the shooter but it is believed by police that there is only one shooter.
“I would hope that everybody would understand that when a tragedy like this happens that individual is someone’s son, someone’s significant others. You think about the people in your life and your family and what you would want as far as justice for your loved one. I would hope that would compel folks to come forward and help us find justice for this family," said the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Director of Investigation.
Police are still speaking to witnesses and say that witness accounts are "crucial" to the investigation at this time. If you have any information regarding the shooting, you can call JSO at 904-630-0500 or you can remain anonymous and call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
Twitter user @dreamkingfilmz was covering the game as a member of the media when the shooting happened.
In a video tweet he said, “Hey man, right now, very emotional game, somebody just was shot in front of … Raines. Like I said 16 – 15 emotion in the game but moments after the game a shooting happened, dead body laying right out front of the field house, mass hysteria going on out here man it’s real wild, it’s real crazy. I was interviewing a couple of players, coaches, next thing I know everyone was running, scattering, guy laying on the ground dead man, shot. I don’t know what happened.”
Police are asking witnesses or anyone who knows anything about the shooting to please come forward:
In a video from Twitter, a man at the scene asks "Someone got shot in the face?" And a woman tending to a crying woman replies to the man, "up there."
Earlier in the game, a video was posted to social media showing football players lying down on the field after a what was labeled a "disturbance." The triple shooting did not occur until hours later.
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