JACKSONVILLE, Florida – On Sunday night, a 7-year-old boy who was shot and killed, as he was playing in the front yard.
Sherriffs say someone in an SUV stopped and opened fire. According to Jacksonville’s sheriff, several adults who were drinking and smoking marijuana — returned gunfire.
The child was rushed to the hospital, where he later died. The deceased first grade boy was identified as Tashawn Gallon.
Police said 23-year-old Dominique Holcomb, who was also shot, fled the scene before police arrived, but made his way to UF Health Jacksonville. He was treated and released, but later charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He also had outstanding arrest warrants for aggravated assault and domestic battery.
Officers responded to the shooting on Mount Herman Street near Third Street around 9:13 p.m. Sunday after both a ShotSpotter indication of gunfire and a 911 call from the home. One of the witnesses reported that at least one of the adults in the yard grabbed a gun to return fire.
Based on evidence at the scene, multiple people fired shots with Tashawn in the middle of the gunfire.
Officers don’t believe the child was the intended target in the drive-by shooting. One person in the yard at the time has an active gang affiliation.
Williams said Holcomb was among those who witnessed the shooting but are not cooperating with the investigation.
Tashawn was the nephew of the homeowner.
Chakakhan Anderson, a neighbor, described Tashawn as a smart, energetic child who was playing with her 5-year-old son just hours before the shooting.
According to Jacksonville detectives, Tashawn was the fifth child shot in the last two weeks.
They vehicle used in the drive-by has been recovered by police. It had been reported stolen about two weeks ago. Hopefully the latent fingerprints come back with a hit.
Sheriff Mike Williams announced Crime Stoppers is now offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case. You can submit an anonymous tip by calling 1-866-845-TIPS.