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Deadly Racism: The Jacksonville Shooting

Three people died when a gunman opened fire at a Florida store, in what federal officials call a racist attack.
Posted at 9:01 PM, Aug 28, 2023
and last updated 2023-08-29 14:15:36-04

In this report, Scripps News investigates yet another deadly shooting, this time in Jacksonville, Florida, where a gunman who police say left racist writings killed three Black victims and then took his own life.

We hear from the families of victims and from lawmakers who are now confronting another community rocked by violence.

Jerrald Gallion planned to spend the weekend with his 4-year-old daughter, but the devoted father was instead one of three Black people gunned down Saturday afternoon in a racist attack at a Dollar General store in Jacksonville, Florida. The other two people slain were identified as Angela Michelle Carr, 52, who was shot in her car, and store employee Anolt Joseph “AJ” Laguerre, Jr., 19, who was shot as he tried to flee.

What we know about the Florida Dollar General store shooting
Law enforcement officials continue their investigation at a Dollar General Store.

What we know about the Florida Dollar General store shooting

Officials are now focused on figuring out what exactly led the shooter to start shooting inside that store.

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Investigators say the shooter targeted Black people, and left evidence of racist views in notes at his home.

The Justice Department says it will investigate the shooting both as a hate crime and as an act of racially-motivated violent extremism.