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11 Injured After Shots Fired in Brooklyn Area of Jacksonville

10:00 AM, Aug 30, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville police now confirm they are looking for two gunmen after 11 people were shot at a birthday party Sunday night.

Two of the shooting victims, including an 18-month-old-girl, remain in the hospital a day after the shooting, and police are working to determine if the incident will be treated as a homicide.

One of the women shot was seven months pregnant, and the baby died.

In a news conference Monday morning, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Chief Tom Hackney explained what detectives have learned in the hours following the shooting in the Brooklyn neighborhood.

PICTURES: Shooting Scene in Brooklyn

Hackney said three women were celebrating their 21st birthday with a party at the J.S. Johnson Community Center at the corner of Spruce and Jackson streets.

The party was heavily advertised on social media sites, Hackney said, but the participants did not get the permit required for a gathering of that size; about 100 people showed up.

Investigators said they believe two shooters opened fire, striking 11 people. There was no word on a motive.

The 18-month-old remains in critical condition, Hackney said, and the other victim still hospitalized, a male whose age has not been released, is reportedly stable.

"We have a woman who lost her child before it was even born, an 18-month-old fighting for her life now," said Hackney.  "This is the kind of case that needs the public's cooperation.  again, there are a whole lot of people at this party last night who saw what happened, who saw these multiple shooters."

The incident began at about 8:45 p.m.

"It sounded like a war to me, sound like Vietnam," said Kent Johnson, who was in the neighborhood when gunfire rang out.

The investigation is continuing, and if you know anything that can help, call our partner First Coast Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS (8477).  You will remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward if your information leads to an arrest.

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