JACKSONVILLE, FL (January 30, 2016) - On Friday, January 29, 2016 at 6:10 p.m. the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office was dispatched to the reports of shots fired in the 700 block of Spearing street. Officers found a vehicle hit by multiple rounds of gunfire. Inside the vehicle was a 22 month old child who was struck at least three times in the upper body. The child was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. This shooting is believed to be gang-related. It doesn't appear that the victim nor any occupants of the car which the victim was in were the intended targets.
The child has since died from the injuries sustained. The child has been identified as Aiden Michael McClendon, black male, 22 months old.
A white vehicle was observed leaving the scene of the shooting.
Anyone with any information in reference to this shooting is asked to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500 or email us at JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward up to $3,000 contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
*Video is from the news conference held on Saturday, January 30, 2016.