Reward offered for info on Jacksonville shooting

by Cristin Parker

Cherokee County Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information concerning a recent shooting in a Jacksonville neighborhood.

Jacksonville law enforcement officials continue to investigate an incident that resulted in one individual getting shot in the neck. JPD officials are not releasing the identities of the involved parties at this time, due to the incident still being an active investigation.

“Anyone with any information on this or any other case in Cherokee County is urged to call Crimestoppers, (903)-586-STOP (7867),” said John Hawkins, president of the local Crimestoppers organization. “All callers remain anonymous.”

According to official police reports, the Jacksonville Police Department responded to the call at about 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 25, in the 1000 Block of San Saba Street in reference to shots fired.

“Upon arrival, officers learned that one person had been taken to UT Health Hospital in Jacksonville and was being treated for a gunshot wound to the neck,” JPD Interim Police Chief Mike Alexander said in a statement published on the department’s official Facebook page on Nov. 26. “Officers further located multiple houses in the immediate area that were struck by gunfire.”

Alexander reported during the course of the investigation, JPD officers determined that a fight had occurred at the location, which resulted in multiple people producing handguns and firing multiple shots. The subject who was struck by gunfire was immediately flown to an area hospital and treated for life threatening injuries.

The Jacksonville Police Department Criminal Investigations Division is also encouraging anyone with information regarding this incident to please contact the Jacksonville Police Department at (903) 586-2546.