Mother shot as father, adult son struggle over gun in school parking lot, police say

A fight between a father and his adult son over a gun in the parking lot of North Florida Educational Institute ended Wednesday when the gun went off, shooting the mother, police said.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, officers were called to the school on Lawton Avenue in the Panama Park area around 5:30 p.m. after reports that someone had been shot in the parking lot.

Officers quickly learned the shooting stemmed from a fight between a father and his adult son.

The father, who is in his 50s, was arguing with his son, who is in his 30s, in the parking lot of the school.

According to police, the father warned the son that he did not want to fight and that he was armed.

The two began struggling over the gun and during the struggle, the gun discharged, police said. The bullet struck the mother in the shoulder.

She was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Detectives were collecting evidence, interviewing witnesses and locating video surveillance after the altercation Wednesday, and police said the men are being detained during the investigation.

JSO said, “No determination on criminal charges will be made until all the facts are collected.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the JSO non-emergency line at 904-630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

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