Breaking News: Teenager Shot After Stumbling Upon Chop Shop In The Woods

November 7, 2017
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A 13-year-old boy has been shot after a day out in the woods with his friends ended in horror.The teenager and his friends were walking in the woods off Playpen Drive in Westside

The teenager and his friends were walking in the woods off Playpen Drive in Westside Jacksonville, when they came across a chop shop at approximately 1pm on Sunday.According to police, the group of friends came across five men who were stripping a stolen car, before the men opened fire on the teens.

According to police, the group of friends came across five men who were stripping a stolen car, before the men opened fire on the teens.The 13-year-old was shot in the leg as he tried to run away from the gun shots. He was taken to hospital in serious condition, but luckily, police say he is expected to be OK.

The 13-year-old was shot in the leg as he tried to run away from the gun shots. He was taken to hospital in serious condition, but luckily, police say he is expected to be OK.One man who lives in the area told Action News Jax that he was returning home from the store when he heard 4 gun shots. The man who wished to remain anonymous then explained how he helped the injured teenager.

One man who lives in the area told Action News Jax that he was returning home from the store when he heard 4 gun shots. The man who wished to remain anonymous then explained how he helped the injured teenager.

“I seen a 13 year old coming down the sidewalk and he was asking me to help him. I was just trying to keep him calm so he wouldn’t bleed out or something or pass out,” he recalls.

After examining the woodland area, officers found two stolen cars and shell casings there.

Action News Jax Crime and Safety expert Ken Jefferson said that so-called chop shops are a problem in Jacksonville. “There’s a lot of money in it, it’s the black market where you’re getting car parts and high-end vehicles,” he says.Andrew Gleason was the victim of an armed carjacking on Monday morning while he was taking his trash out. He recalls someone putting a gun to his neck, and at first he thought it was a joke but soon realized to the contrary.

Andrew Gleason was the victim of an armed carjacking on Monday morning while he was taking his trash out. He recalls someone putting a gun to his neck, and at first he thought it was a joke but soon realized to the contrary.

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Gleason spoke to Action News Jax reporter Kevin Clark, where he recalled the incident. “I thought someone was messing with me. That was not true. I realized they were serious.” Gleason said the assailant said “Give me the keys pops,” while holding a gun to his neck.

Kathryn Gleason, Andrew’s wife told how she was shocked to hear that their car had been found in the Jacksonville area.

I figured it was long gone from here. I figured it was in another state somewhere,” she said.

“I just hope they find them because I can’t wait to be able to face them in a courtroom, because I’m going to tell them exactly what I think of them,” Kathryn Gleason told reporters.

Obviously relieved to have their car back, the couple said they will be taking it to a Nissan dealership to get it checked over.

A Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said that their officers tried to find the five men involved in the shooting of the 13 year old boy. However, police were unable to come up with anything in relation to the men’s identities, after speaking with several people in the area who said they did not hear anything.
Police are asking for anyone with information on the case to call JSO.

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