One person was killed while two others were injured in what authorities described to be a “targeted” shooting outside an Amazon fulfillment center in Jacksonville, Florida Monday (June 29).
Jacksonville deputies and firefighters responded to a “possible shooting” report involving two victims at 1300 Pecan Park Road. Authorities said the incident happened around 2:00 p.m. after two suspects exited a silver vehicle and started shooting a 20-year-old man who was standing in line outside the center for a job application.
After shooting the victim, the suspects immediately ran back to the car where a driver was waiting. All three fled the scene, said ABC News, citing a statement from the police.
Newsweek reported that several social media posts claimed that the center’s management had placed the warehouse on lockdown and that EMS had arrived at the scene. Witnesses also posted on Twitter, saying that an “active shooter” was still at the fulfillment center. A photo showing a shattered glass and paramedics assisting someone was also shared on the microblogging and social media site.
The 20-year-old man whom the suspects targeted died, while a 29-year-old man was grazed in the arm. The shooting also grazed a 22-year-old in the foot. Both victims were treated by Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department personnel and did not require hospitalization.
Police told First Coast News that the shooting was “not a random act of workplace violence, while investigators are trying to puzzle why the victim was targeted by the suspects. 10 individuals, including those who were in line during the job application, as well as people inside the fulfillment center were interviewed, added the outlet.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office posted on Twitter the photo of the third suspect’s vehicle and described it to be a “four-door, newer model silver car.” Authorities also collected shell casings to determine what kind of guns were used and that there was surveillance video that might have captured the incident.
Police pointed out that the shooting did not appear to involve Amazon employees. The company also offered counseling and support.
“This is a terrible tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families and all those who have been impacted by this incident. We are working closely with the Sheriff as they investigate,” said ABC News, citing a statement from Amazon spokesperson Timothy Carter.