Just days after the street execution of two New York City policemen, firefighters in Jacksonville, Florida were the target of a drive-by shooting by a gunman who sprayed a group of them with bullets Tuesday night.
Luckily, only one fireman was grazed by a bullet that apparently ricocheted before hitting his arm.
A local news report from WJAX-TV says a group of five or six firemen from Station 28 were at the next door city gasoline pumps when the gunmen attacked.
“According to Lt. Jackson Short of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, five or six firefighters were outside of Station 28 pumping gas at the city gas pumps next to the station at the time of the shooting.
“A firefighter was hit in the arm by a ricochet bullet, but his injury is minor and he will not need stitches, Short said.
“The firefighters who were outside during the shooting were not able to get a good look at the suspect vehicle because lights were in their eyes, but they did give JSO a description of tail lights.
“A ladder truck has a small indentation from what appears to be a bullet, but is still OK to operate. The station’s gas pumps were not hit in the shooting.
“Short said JSO believes the firefighters were targeted because they were in a very well-lit area and clearly dressed in uniform. Short also said there is no reason to connect this drive-by to what’s happening elsewhere in the country, like the fatal shooting of two officers in New York. “
…” Firefighters have been ordered to put all vehicles inside their bays and close the doors. An alert came over the dispatch system alerting all stations, a source told Action News.”
WJXT-TV reported the wounded fireman was upset but would finish his shift.
“The incident will not stop the fire station from responding to calls and the ladder trucks are still in use. Officials said the firefighter injured was very shaken up but said he would continue his shift Tuesday night.”