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Two shot near Keller, police investigating

Two shot near Keller, police investigating

Two people were shot yesterday afternoon near Keller Intermediate School, according to the Baker County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Joey Dobson said police are still investigating the shooting that occurred about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday in a trailer park near the school, but that investigators believe two men, possibly cousins, were feuding with Brandon Ruise, who lives at the mobile home where the shooting took place.

Mike Jones, one of the possible cousins, and a man with the last name Johnson from Jacksonville, who is a felon released from prison in 2010 and the other possible cousin, were allegedly armed with an extendable baton when they went to Mr. Ruise’s residence, where a fight broke out, the sheriff said.

He said that’s when Mr. Ruise retrieved a .22-caliber rifle and allegedly began firing. Mr. Jones was hit in the upper right arm and Mr. Johnson in the left hand, but it’s unclear whether the latter bullet ricocheted or was a direct shot.

The victims were taken to Fraser Memorial and then onto UF Health for treatment. The sheriff said about 20 students were at Keller for extended day care when the school was put on lock down following the shooting. He said the bullets did not exit the trailer, however.

Sheriff Dobson met with assistant state attorney Ralph Yazdiya today, who advised investigators to gather more evidence before making any arrest, so no one has been arrested in the case thus far, explained the sheriff.

He said because the incident happened inside the trailer and the victims aren’t talking to police, investigators are looking to the public for help. Anyone with information regarding this shooting is urged to call investigators at 259-2231.

Joel Addington

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