Family Dispute Turns Deadly: 12-Year-Old Boy and 45-Year-Old Man Shot Dead in Jacksonville Shooting

Jacksonville, Florida – A tragic incident in Jacksonville’s Duclay neighborhood resulted in the deaths of three individuals, including a 12-year-old boy, following a violent altercation within a family on Sunday evening. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office reported that the shooting took place at a residence on Preston Pines Trail, where multiple people were shot.

Upon arrival at the scene, responding officers discovered a woman outside the residence with multiple gunshot wounds. The woman informed authorities that her son was inside the residence, where he had shot several family members. Inside the house, officers found the bodies of a 12-year-old boy, a 45-year-old man, and the suspected shooter, a 22-year-old man who had apparently taken his own life.

It was revealed through initial investigations that all the individuals involved were related. The tragic incident stemmed from an argument between a 45-year-old father and his 22-year-old son. According to JSO Undersheriff Shawn Coarsey, the son’s use of racial slurs led to a heated dispute with his father, which escalated to violence.

The son, armed and equipped with tactical gear including a vest, gloves, and a mask, fatally shot his father before turning the gun on his 12-year-old brother. The mother of the family managed to escape the house after being shot multiple times, prompting her to call the police. She was later taken to a local hospital for surgery, with no update provided on her condition.

Authorities discovered two firearms at the scene, a handgun, and a long gun, indicating the severity of the situation. It was also revealed that the shooter had a history of mental health issues, shedding light on the complexities surrounding the tragic event.

In light of this devastating incident, it is essential to address domestic violence concerns and seek help when needed. Resources such as the Florida Domestic Violence Hotline and the Georgia Domestic Violence Hotline are available for individuals experiencing domestic violence situations, offering support and guidance during difficult times.