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1:13 PM, Apr 21, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Jacksonville Beach residents are concerned about the crime that has been happening in their city.

Saturday night there was a shooting in the 1500 block of 1st Street in Jacksonville Beach at 7:19 p.m., according to the Jacksonville Beach Police Department. This incident landed four people in jail.

After what appears to be two violent crimes in the past two weekends, people who live in Jacksonville Beach tell First Coast News they are concerned.

Brent Baugh lives in Jacksonville Beach. "Two violent crimes in such a short period of time is, I wish it didn't have to happen," he said.

Baugh said he has family visiting him from out-of-town.

"We saw the police searching through the grass with flashlights," Baugh said as he described what he saw Saturday night. "So, we knew that it was some sort of violent crime and they were looking for bullet casings."

"It's scary," said Jacksonville Beach resident Debra Soufleris. "We've got two little girls. We don't want to hear that kind of news."

Separately, Navy apprentice, Edward Marshall, is behind bars accused of sexually assaulting a 24-year-old woman in Jacksonville Beach while she was skateboarding on 1st Avenue in Jacksonville Beach late last week.

"That bothered me, that story," Soufleris said. "Because I go out running a couple times a week right in the same area as that girl. I don't listen to music anymore when I run. I just want to be a little more alert."

It is enough, Soufleris added, to move her family to South Florida.

"I just feel like it's a better place for the girls to grow up," Soufleris explained.

Other people who call this area home said, "Mostly, we don't have a lot of trouble and violence here," said Rocky Rockwood, who calls Neptune Beach home. "So, I feel pretty safe overall."

If you have any information about any crime in the Jacksonville beaches area, you are asked to call police.

Jacksonville Beach Police said the incident that happened Saturday night is an ongoing investigation.


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