Raines High School Shooting

Rita Albert, Editor-in-Chief

Two injured and one dead after shots are fired after a Raines High School football game.

        On August 24, around 10 PM at the Raines High School game against Lee High School, gunshots were fired killing one and injuring two. Chaos erupted as the people around started running away. Most of the people had already left the game before the shooting occurred. There were around 4,000 people attending the game, as well as 50 police officers from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s office.

          The deceased is 19-year-old Joerod James Adams and the injured is a 16-year-old girl who goes to Lee High School and a 17-year-old boy who goes to Raines High School. Investigations have revealed that gang relations have been tied to all three males involved in the shooting. Thus, the two male victims were direct targets. The injured female has no gang relations and was just hit by a stray bullet. Both the injured victims have been released from the hospital.

     A 16-year-old male, Robert Howard, has been charged with the second degree murder and two accounts of attempted murder. However, he is pleading not guilty as of September 6. Howard is a student at Grand Park Alternative School. Howard will be charged as an adult if guilty and faces between 30 years to life in prison if convicted of second degree murder.

           Jacksonville Jaguar Calais Campbell sat down with the students of Raines High School on September 4. After Campbell heard of the shooting, he asked the mayor if there was anything he could do to help. He believes that now is the best time to have difficult conversations with the students at Raines.