Jacksonville Mayor Donna Deegan said an armed suspect went on a killing spree in a Dollar General store in Florida before being fatally shot Saturday, as authorities termed the mass shooting a “racially motivated” attack.
Authorities did not provide any exact number of the deceased and injured people however, Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department spokesperson Eric Prosswimmer told CNN that the department was on standby to treat victims.
State Senator Tracie Davis also confirmed to the US media that the suspect is neutralised.
Deegan told local broadcaster WJXT: “There are a number of fatalities inside the store.”
A number of police officers are in the area near Edward Waters University, a small historically Black university.
Deegan told the media: “This is unacceptable. One shooting is too much but these mass shootings are really hard to take.”
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