JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A parent who witnessed the shooting at the youth football tournament Sunday in Bartram Park is pleading with the community to speak out and bring the shooter to justice.
The parent asked not to be identified for their protection.
“He could have took my life, he could have took my son’s life. Anybody’s life. The fact this guy is still out there is a very dangerous thing!” said the parent.
The suspect, who was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt and red belt, opened fire in Greenland Park, which was packed with hundreds of children and spectators. No one was hurt during the incident.
Police say no arrests have been made, and investigators have had very little cooperation.
It’s the second shooting at a youth football event in a matter of months. In October, Action News Jax reported on the deadly shooting at a youth football game in Arlington.
City council member Terrance Freeman is calling a meeting on Monday to talk about safety at youth football events.
“It’s situation where our kids are out competing and playing ball, and now they’re having to dodge bullets,” Freeman said. “[We should consider] bringing in the coaches, bringing in the leaders of these athletic associations and listening. Having the head of parks with us, having JSO representatives, or Sheriff Mike Williams there with us.”
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office issued a follow-up statement after the shooting in effort to gain information from the community.
“In speaking with the promoter of the event, investigators have had very little cooperation or success in identifying potential victims and witnesses to the incident. As such, we are asking for the community’s assistance in learning more information in an effort to identify the suspect(s) involved in this incident,” the JSO statement said.
Action News Jax reached out to JSO Friday for an update on the investigation.
“No new information has been made available and we continue to seek assistance from the community in an effort to identify the person(s) that took part in the incident,” said Christian Hancock, a JSO spokesperson.
First Coast Crime Stoppers tells Action News Jax it has received one tip on the shooting.
Anyone having any additional information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office at 904-630-0500 or by emailing JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. To remain anonymous, and for a possible reward of up to $3,000, witnesses can contact First Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
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