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Photo Gallery: Shooting kills 13-year-old girl, critically injures 14-year-old

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  • JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police are investigating a possible drive-by shooting on the Northside that killed a 13-year-old girl and critically injured a 14-year-old.

    Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford says at least 12 gunshots were fired into a mobile home on the 5100 block of Missouri Avenue around 4:45 a.m. Saturday. Jazmine Destinie Shelton, 13, and her friend Megan Rene Simmons, 14, were struck while sitting in the living room.

    "To walk into the kitchen and finding your daughter on the floor is like ripping your heart out and stomping on your chest," said Pancy Shelton, Jazmine's mother.

    Now one mother is mourning the loss of her daughter and another family is praying while their teenager is in the hospital.

    Sheriff Rutherford: 'It's got to stop'

    "If anybody out there has any information on who did this to them two beautiful girls please, please, I beg you, please come forward," said Shelton. 

    Shelton says the girls would stay up late watching movies and get on Facebook during the summer. She says her daughter was excited to start Lakeshore Middle School.

    "She felt she was, you know, growing up. It was a big step for her. She's not in elementary school anymore," said Shelton.

    Jazmine had just graduated from Hyde Park Elementary and was going into the sixth grade. Crystal Westbery lives down the street and says Jazmine was like a little sister.

    "It still hasn't really sinked in yet that she's gone, because last time I got to talk to her, well see her was yesterday," said Westbery.

    Shelton says she just wants justice for her daughter and her daughter's friend. 

    "Love your kids as long as you can cause you never know when they're going to be gone. I loved my daughter," added Shelton.

    Anyone who has any information about this case is asked to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500. 

    To remain anonymous and receive a reward up to $3,000 if your tip leads to an arrest, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

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