A 14-year-old girl was shot dead and three others injured during a house party shooting in Jacksonville, Florida, say police. A gunman opened fire at a gathering outside a residential property in the Brentwood area of the city at around 8.30pm (1.30am BST) on Friday, 12 August, off West 38th Street near Silver Street.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said that one of the injured is currently in a life-threatening condition in hospital, while the victims had non-life-threatening wounds. The force added that they are hunting for one suspect but did not have anyone in custody as of yet.
Those injured included two women and one man, all adults. The four victims were taken to the UF Health Hospital where the teenager died due to her wounds.
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Sgt. Craig Waldrup said according to NBC affiliate First Coast News that the shooting happened during a "gathering outside one of the apartments" in the street. He said: "There was some loud music. An argument ensued and someone in there, someone shot some people." The victims' names have not yet been released by police.
Also in Jacksonville, another teenage girl was injured in a separate shooting in the north-west of the city on the same night. The girl, also 14, was shot late Friday night during a birthday party at the Civic Centre. Police say the girl was transported to the UF Health Hospital with serious but non- life threatening injuries and is now recovering from her wounds.
Police say that said they attended a birthday party at the Civic Center after reports of a shooting emerged. There were about 150 people at the party, the reports says, with no suspects arrested at this time.
According to US-based crime monitor Neighbourhood Scout Jacksonville has 5,958 violent crimes reported annually with 96 murders in the past year with a population of 853,382. Earlier this week, seven people were injured when more than 50 shots were fired in a shooting in the city.