Jacksonville, Florida shooting: Multiple fatalities reported, mayor says


Mayor Donna Deegan told CNN that multiple people were killed in a shooting Saturday afternoon in Jacksonville, Florida.

He said “multiple fatalities” had been reported and more details would be forthcoming from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Deegan told a CNN affiliate WJXT The shooter was contained inside the Dollar General store on Kings Road. It was not immediately clear if the victims were shot inside the store or elsewhere.

Eric Proswimmer, a spokesman for the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, told CNN that the department was “on standby” to treat victims but could not share any information on how many people were injured.

Jacksonville is located in northeast Florida about 35 miles south of the Georgia border.

There are several churches in the area near the Dollar General store and an apartment building across the street.

Edward Waters University, a historically black private Christian school located less than a mile southeast of the store, issued a campus-wide stay-at-home order. Students, faculty and staff do not appear to be involved, the alert said. According to preliminary reports.

“Our campus police have secured all campus facilities. Students have been kept in their halls of residence until noon until the scene is cleared,” the alert said.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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