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SUV of Suspect in Clay Cty. Shootings Found on Westside; Manhunt Underway

5:37 PM, Oct 13, 2010   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The manhunt through western Duval and Clay counties continues in its third day, though detectives have said finding the murder suspect's vehicle has helped tracking dogs obtain a scent.

Christopher Scott Kilgore is accused of shooting his parents, his brother and a friend, killing the latter two.  That happened before sunrise Monday, and the search for him has continued since.

Today, several schools in the area went on lockdown and a thoroughfare was closed, leading to a change for parents.

County Road 217 was closed as searchers combed the area, meaning school buses couldn't get children home that way.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said parents need to pick their children up if that's their normal way home, and if it's not possible, an officer would drive any child home.

Students who normally are dropped at 10100 block of Normandy and west of there will be dropped off at Baldwin Middle, 291 Mill St. West.

Deputies are asking also residents along Normandy Boulevard close to U.S. 301 to stay inside and report any suspicious activity as authorities search for the murder suspect.

"He is very armed and very dangerous," said Major Craig Aldrich with the Clay County Sheriff's Office this afternoon.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said a man matching the description of Christopher Scott Kilgore confronted a homeowner on Normandy Boulevard near County Road 217.

The man may be armed with a sawed-off shotgun, said K-9 officer Charles Wilkie.

Wilkie said the homeowner got into his car to take his children to school when he noticed a blue Chevy Blazer in the driveway.  The man got out and had a confrontation with the driver of the SUV, who then took off south into the woods.

Police said they have such a large presence in the area, no civilians, even if they are armed, need to confront Kilgore.

"We can be there within minutes," said Jacksonville Undersheriff Frank Mackesy.

K-9 units and bloodhounds are being used to track Kilgore, which Mackesy said is not easy.

He said this afternoon that he went in a helicopter to survey the search area, Jennings State Forest, and that it is a "large, daunting task."

The Clay County Sheriff's Office said Kilgore also matches a description of a man who robbed a Kangaroo station Tuesday night at Normandy Boulevard and County Road 217, east of where police found the blue SUV.

Kilgore is considered armed and dangerous. Call 911 immediately if you see him.

As the search is intensified near Jennings State Forest, Clay Hill Elementary School and Wilkinson Elementary School have locked their doors as a precautionary measure, according to Clay County Schools spokesperson Darlene Mahla.

In Baldwin, Mamie Agnes Jones Elementary is now on heightened security as well.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office public information officer Mike McCall called the search area "one of the biggest perimeters" he's seen.

Searchers have been looking throughout the Jennings State Forest since Monday, and it covers nearly 24,000 acres.

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