JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The man police are looking for in Tuesday morning's Ralph Street domestic shooting appears to have a lengthy arrest record.
Prince Sanders, 27, has a warrant for his arrest for allegedly shooting and killing his 23-year-old girlfriend. Jacksonville Sheriff's Office records also show that Sanders has been arrested at least eight times since 2004, and two of the charges related to those arrests are for battery.
Police say the domestic dispute began Monday night at 734 Ralph Street when Sanders allegedly beat up his girlfriend during an altercation. Sergeant Shawn Coarsey with the JSO Homicide Unit said eyewitnesses say Sanders left the residence and then returned Tuesday morning. The couple continued arguing, and that's when police believe he shot the victim around 6:45 a.m.
The victim, who has not been identified pending notification of next of kin, died after being transported to a local hospital. Police say Sanders lived on and off with his girlfriend and don't know what caused the argument.
Some locals who knew the couple say they had their problems
"It's been a couple of times when they was outside in the yard," said Jesse Peterson, who grew up in the Riverside neighborhood and visits from time to time. He said he knew the couple because he had seen them around, but never expected this.
"I'm just speechless," says Peterson. "I'm speechless."
The feeling is all too familiar for Peterson, who knew the victim of the recent Thanksgiving Day domestic shooting that ended the life of his friend, 24-year-old Rolisha Thomas.
"I'm like 'oh my God, there's so much killing going on' and these guys they want to kill their girlfriends and wives. It's just crazy," said Peterson.
Police records do not show any previous calls to 911 coming from 734 Ralph Street. Besides calls after Tuesday morning's shooting, police were called once in May.
The suspect is believed to be driving a red 2000 Chevy Impala with the license plate reading 7 3 8 4 H J. Anyone with information is asked to call the First Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
If you or anyone you know is a victim of domestic abuse, you can all the Hubbard House 24-hour hotline at 904-354-3114 or the statewide hotline at 1-800-500-1119. All calls are kept confidential.
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