JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- A Jacksonville firefighter was injured by gunfire in what the city’s mayor called a “cowardly attack” on a group of firefighters as they put fuel in a fire truck behind their station, authorities said.
The shooting happened at 7:35 p.m. Tuesday outside Fire Station 28, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Lt. Jackson Short said.
A vehicle drove by and someone fired five or six shots, striking one firefighter in the arm after the bullet ricocheted, said Randy Wyse, president of the Jacksonville Association of Fire Fighters.
The firefighter, who was not named, was treated at the scene.
“The firefighter who was injured had a real minor graze to his elbow,” Wyse said. “He continued on working that night, he didn’t go home, which is normal for those kinds of guys.”
Investigators say it appears the firefighters were targeted but added there’s no indication the shooting is connected to recent police shooting incidents in New York and Missouri, Short told The Florida Times-Union.