In a tragic turn of events, a shooting at a Dollar General store in Jacksonville, Florida has left multiple fatalities, including the suspected shooter. The incident occurred on Saturday afternoon, and city officials have confirmed that the suspect was killed. Jacksonville Mayor Donna Deegan expressed her shock and sadness, stating that the suspect had barricaded himself inside the store following the shooting.
Upon receiving reports of the incident, officers from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and firefighters from the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department swiftly responded to the scene. The exact circumstances surrounding the shooting, as well as the number of fatalities and injuries, remain unclear at this time.
The nearby Edwards Waters University, in an effort to ensure the safety of its students, issued a campus safety alert instructing all students to remain in their residence halls. However, the university clarified that the shooting did not involve any campus faculty, staff, or students.
Waters and other city officials are expected to hold a news briefing later in the evening to provide more information regarding the incident. The Jacksonville Police Department has yet to comment on the matter, and further updates are anticipated as the investigation unfolds.
Meanwhile, local council member Ju'Coby Pittman expressed her deep sadness and anger at the tragedy, describing the incident as senseless. She emphasized the pain and grief felt by the community, stating that they have every right to be hurting in such a devastating situation.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office confirmed the multiple fatalities, including the suspected shooter, in a later statement. The incident took place at a Dollar General store located on Kings Road and Canal Street. Details surrounding the events leading up to the shooting are scarce, with authorities yet to release further information.
Melissa Ross, a spokesperson for Mayor Donna Deegan's office, confirmed the devastating loss of multiple lives, promising to provide more information during an upcoming news conference.
Additionally, local news outlet NBC affiliate First Coast News reported a significant law enforcement presence at the scene, including SWAT teams and a helicopter, indicating the seriousness of the situation.
As the community of Jacksonville grapples with the aftermath of this tragic incident, thoughts and condolences pour in for the victims and their families. The full extent of the tragedy and the motives behind the shooting are still under investigation, and the public eagerly awaits further updates.
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