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Police investigate early morning shooting on Phillips Hwy.

10:08 AM, Nov 18, 2013   |    comments
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  • (L) Jay Stewart Byard, 25 (R) Derek Alward Jackson, 26

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Police responded to an abandoned car on Phillips Highway, as two men showed up at a local hospital with gunshot wounds.

Officers with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office responded to an abandoned car in a ditch in the median of the 6800 block of Phillips Hwy around 2:30 a.m. Monday, according to JSO.

While police were investigating the car, Derek Alward Jackson, 26 and 25-year-old Jay Stewart Byard showed up to Memorial Hospital Jacksonville with non-life threatening gunshot wounds.

Investigators found gunshot marks in the grass area around the car and blood inside and outside of the gray 2005 Chevrolet Impala the pair were traveling in, according to a JSO police report. The car also is described to have Kentucky plates.

Both victims are listed as in serious condition.

The investigation has been turned over to the JSO aggravated battery unit and is ongoing.

Byard's priors included four counts of driving with a suspended license, two counts of petit theft, driving without a license/never had one, marijuana possession, armed cocaine possession, driving without a license, possession of a firearm by a delinquent, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and trespassing.

Jackson's priors include three counts of driving with a suspended license, violation of probation, seven counts of driving without a license/never had one, two counts of grand theft to motor vehicle, four counts of resisting an officer without violence, three counts of introducing contraband into a detention facility, three counts of cocaine possession, battery, six counts of marijuana possession, possession of contraband by inmate, possession of a controlled substance, attaching license plate/sticker not assigned, battery on inmate, trespassing , grand theft auto and unlawfully or falsely identifying self to law enforcement while detained.

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

To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward up to $3,000, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

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