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One dead in shooting outside Amazon fulfillment center in Florida

Police say slaying of 20-year-old in Jacksonville was not case of workplace violence

A 20-year-old man is dead after a shooting outside an Amazon fulfillment center in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo: Jim Allen/FreightWaves)

A prospective Amazon employee was killed in Jacksonville, Florida, Monday afternoon while standing in line to apply for a job.

“A 20-year-old Black male victim was standing outside of the Amazon fulfillment center [at 2 p.m.]. He was in line for job applications with about six others. Two Black male suspects in their early 20s exited a silver vehicle that was in the parking lot. These suspects ran directly up to this victim and indiscriminately began shooting their handguns in his direction. The victim was unfortunately shot and killed right there at the scene,” said Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) Assistant Chief Brian Kee. 

“Two other individuals were also hit by the gunfire — a 29-year-old Black male was grazed in the arm and a 22-year-old Black male was grazed in the foot. Both were treated by rescue and did not require hospitalization,” Kee said during a press conference late Monday afternoon.

“After the shooting, the two suspects ran directly back to the silver vehicle, where they had a driver waiting” and fled the parking lot, he said.

“This entire incident took place outside the building, where the line was forming for job applications,” Kee said. “It was not random. It was specifically targeting this victim.”

He said from accounts provided by 10 eyewitnesses, investigators believe the shooting was not a “workplace violence incident.”

“They ran out of the vehicle directly to him and began shooting, so it seems like they wanted him for whatever reason,” Kee said.  

A short time later JSO released the photo of a silver Hyundai Sonata that investigators say was the getaway vehicle.

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Kim Link Wills

Senior Editor Kim Link-Wills has written about everything from agriculture as a reporter for Illinois Agri-News to zoology as editor of the Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine. Her work has garnered awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Magazine Association of the Southeast. Prior to serving as managing editor of American Shipper, Kim spent more than four years with XPO Logistics.