Jacksonville, Florida. Residents who live in the Harts Road area at Zip Code 32218 are expressing their concerns about what they call escalation of crime in their Northside neighborhood.
Some residents told News4Jax that they are demanding change despite feeling forgotten in the city.
“It’s very frustrating,” said a resident of Harz Road, who asked not to be named. “It’s as if we’re not getting answers for our community. Certain parts of the city are actually getting responses and more support from their leaders, and we’re not getting that.”
More than a decade ago, the man said, he witnessed a decline in business in the area where accidents are known to occur, including a motel and convenience store near Den Avenue. To the north on Harz Road, he said, is a quiet working-class neighborhood, but residents have to drive through the crime-ridden district to get to their homes.
Council member [Reggie] “Jaffney, we want him to come here to survey the area, talk to the residents, and do the task that we were elected to do,” said a resident.
He shared two emails he sent to Gaffney – one about his crime fears from June and the other from July. He said that there was never a response from Gaffney.
“We don’t know what the outcome will be. We just hope that something positive will change really soon.”
The call for the change came after police said on Saturday that a man was found wounded by a bullet in a car after an accident The plane crashes at the intersection of Harz Road and Dunn Street He died later.
Saturday’s incident is the seventh fatal shooting incident on Hearts Road this year, according to News4Jax records. Eight people were killed in the shooting.
About a mile from the intersection of Hearts Road and Dunn Street, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Crime Mapping Tool, 27 robberies, 12 assaults, six incidents of vandalism and two robberies and one burglary have been reported in the past month.
“It’s a turning point for me in my neighborhood. We demand answers or we demand that our area be cleaned as soon as possible,” a resident of Hearts Road told News4Jax.
The resident said he is looking for law enforcement to close the hotel and store and wants to see more patrols. He also said he believes Gaffney should live at Postal Code 32218 to share these concerns with the region he represents.
News4Jax has reached out to Gaffney, the mayor’s office, and JSO about these concerns and what they are doing about it. As of Sunday afternoon, News4Jax received no response. But Gaffney will hold a press conference at 10 am on Monday to discuss his efforts to ensure the safety of the residents living in District 7.
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