|Scene of fatal shooting at Jacksonville Walmart|
Two young men were sitting in a car in the parking lot of a Walmart in Jacksonville, Florida, when a third man walked up to the car, possibly entering the vehicle.
Shots rang out, shot by that third man, who then fled. The two men in the car fled as well, to a nearby gas station. One of them was injured and later died.
From an article and news video:
"Officers went on location at both scenes simultaneously. What we found here was a victim with life-threatening injuries, he'd been shot. He was taken to Shands (Jacksonville Medical Center) and has since died, so this is a homicide," Judge said.
Homicide detectives were interviewing witnesses and searching for the shooter.
"Talking to witnesses, it appears the victim and another male were in the vehicle together, when a third male approached them on foot," JSO Sgt. Shawn Coarsey said.
"The third male possibly got into the vehicle with them. Something happened at that point. Shots were fired. The third male got out of the vehicle and fled on foot."
Investigators did not know if the suspect knew the victim and his friend.
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UPDATE (3/1/13): The victim is identified as 21-year old Anthony Blake Bannister.
The shooting was apparently a drug deal gone bad. Two people have been charged in the shooting. From the article:
Jameel Malik Burroughs, 19, was the triggerman who shot twice into a car with two men inside, said Lt. Rob Schoonover. He and De’Jon Frazier, 18, were charged with murder Thursday.
Burroughs and Frazier, who are roommates in the 8000 block of Atlantic Boulevard, attended welding school with the victim, Anthony Bannister, 20 and his companion in the car, Frederick L. Philips Jr., 19.
Schoonover said Burroughs and Frazier were arrested at the Tulsa welding school less than 48 hours after the shooting.
The four met to make a marijuana deal about 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Walmart at 8808 Beach Boulevard. At some point in the deal, Burroughs got out of the car and shot twice, Schoonover said. Phillips, who was not wounded, drove Bannister to a nearby gas station. From there, Bannister was transported to Shands Jacksonville and died.
Schoonover said the robbery was planned. Marijuana taken in the shooting was found in Burroughs’ and Frazier’s apartment.UPDATE (8/13/13): A Facebook page was set up in honor of the victim, Blake, back in March.