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Toddler among 3 killed in Florida shooting as dispute erupts over dog sale

Authorities in Florida reported a tragic incident where a shooting occurred during a dispute over a dog sale in an apartment, resulting in the deaths of three individuals, including a three-year-old child. Another adult from the group sustained injuries in the altercation.

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Assistant Chief JD Stronko informed the media that a group of five people, including the child, had convened at a luxurious apartment complex around 10 pm on Saturday to discuss the sale of a dog. Unfortunately, an argument escalated into gunfire, resulting in fatal injuries to three victims and leaving a fourth adult wounded.

Local media accounts indicated that two men were observed fleeing the scene immediately following the shooting.

The victims who lost their lives and the injured adult, all in their twenties, were not identified by name, as per Stronko’s statement. Additional information regarding the wounded individual’s condition was not provided.

This tragic incident occurred less than a month after another shooting incident in Jacksonville, Florida, where three individuals of African descent, including a woman, were fatally shot. In that case, an armed suspect entered a Dollar General store and proceeded to use an AR-style rifle to kill people before turning the weapon on himself.

Sheriff TK Waters, in a previous statement, disclosed that the shooter, a white male in his early twenties, was equipped with a tactical vest and was armed with both an AR-style rifle and a handgun when he began firing within the Dollar General store.

“The shooter specifically targeted a particular group of people, which was Black individuals, as he explicitly expressed his intent to harm them,” the sheriff stated unequivocally.

He went on to explain that there were two male victims and one female victim in that particular incident, highlighting that “manifestos discovered by the gunman’s family shortly before the attack detail the shooter’s disgusting ideology of hate.”

Jacksonville Mayor Donna Deegan also commented on the incident, stating, “There are a number of fatalities inside the store.”

Unfortunately, mass shootings have become a troublingly frequent occurrence in the United States, due in part to the widespread availability of firearms across most states and the presence of more guns than citizens in the country.

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