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10/05/06-Jacksonville

Jacksonville Police Increase Patrol In Some Neighborhoods

The Jacksonville Police Department says it's increasing patrols to put an end to violent activity in some neighborhoods. This past weekend a shooting on the 800 block of Tyler Street left one man dead.  Officials say Tyler Street is one of the areas where "wanna-be gangsters" have been fighting and shooting at each other.  Authorities say this is putting the lives of innocent people at risk.

"I was walking inside the door when the shooting started. I just heard a bang on the ceiling," said Ramilia Ovalde, 37, who's lived at the same house on Tyler St. for 17 years.  Ovalde says a group of people were fighting in the street Saturday night, right outside her home.

Police broke up the fight and arrested nine people, but after officers left, Ovalde says it started right back up again. Sergio Galvan, 19, who lived near Ovalde's home, showed up to see if everything was alright.   "I told him I gotta go inside because my little girl's crying," said Ovalde.

Moments later, Galvan was shot in the head and killed. One of the bullets that was fired, went right through Ovalde's home. Residents say shootings like this have become a weekly problem. "When they're out here in the dark, you don't know which was they're pointing them guns and you don't know which way the bullets are going," said Jessie Derr, 73, who's lived at his home on Tyler St. for 18 years.

"These are wanna-be gangsters who identify themselves by their own names and it's something they think is cool," said Jacksonville Police Department Chief Reece Daniel.

Chief Daniel says his department has increased patrol. "We're taking a zero tolerance view of anything dealing with disorderly conduct, public intoxication, firing of weapons, fighting," he said.

But Ovalde says she does not know how much of a difference that will make. "There's gonna be revenge. It's not gonna stop.   They can be driving around and it's still gonna happen," said Ovalde.  She says because of that, she's decided to put her house up for sale.  

No arrests have been made in the death of Sergio Galvan. Chief Daniel says several people have been interviewed in regards to the shooting.

Oralia Ortega, Reporting.  ortega@kltv.com

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