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.