Man says he heard his coworker get robbed and shot

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A man was shot and killed in an attempted robbery at an Avondale restaurant Monday morning -- and his co-worker heard the whole thing.

"I was sitting there just doing my job and next thing I know I hear some guy telling my partner to give him all his money," said Tyler Lumley.  

Lumley works for his dad's company, Ed Lumley's Exhaust Cleaning Service. Police are still withholding the identity of the victim, but Lumley said his partner was 53-year-old Robert Sutton.

They were cleaning equipment at Mojo No. 4 BBQ Restaurant on St. Johns Avenue around 3 a.m. when someone tried to rob his partner.

"Next thing I know, I hear a gun shot and my buddy hits the ground," said Lumley. 

Lumley said Sutton was outside pressure washing filters, but he was inside. When he heard the commotion he got under a countertop for what felt like 30 minutes. 

String of robberies leaves two dead in two days

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Sheriff's Office investigators said it's possible that a string of robberies from over the weekend may be connected to Monday morning's robberies and shootings at two businesses.

It started with an armed robbery at the bus stop just before 7 a.m. Sunday at Wesconnett Boulevard and Timuquana Road.

Police say a man was robbed, but wasn't harmed.

Then, just 200 feet away at the U.S. Post Office on Wesconnett Blvd., officers believe the same suspects demanded money from a man leaving the post office, but the victim ran, was chased down, and hit by the suspects' car. The victim was transported to Orange Park Medical Center in serious condition.

The crime spree didn't stop there. Police believe that while attempting to flee the scene, the suspects hit and killed a person on a bicycle near the 5600 block La Moya Avenue. The victim was identified as 56-year-old John T. Sikes.

Photos released of armed robbery, shooting suspect

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Photos of an armed robbery suspect were released by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Monday morning.

The suspect is accused of going into a CVS Pharmacy in the 4400 block of San Juan Avenue around 3:15 a.m. June 8, showing a gun and demanding money. The suspect also allegedly shot a male employee in the head, according to a release from JSO.

The unidentified white male victim was grazed by a ricochet bullet and was treated and released from an area hospital.

The suspect was able to get away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Less than an hour later, JSO was called to Mojo's BBQ in the 3500 block of St. Johns Avenue in Avondale.

An unidentified black male was shot and killed at Mojo's during what police called an armed robbery attempt. JSO said a suspect demanded cash before shooting the victim, who was an employee of subcontractor Ed Lumley's Exhaust Cleaning.

Your guide to First Coast 4th of July celebrations

Firework displays and events scheduled to celebrate the 4th of July holiday across the First Coast. Here's a list of the festivities:

Columbia County celebrates 4th of July

Clay County celebrates the 4th of July

Fernandina Beach celebrates 4th of July

Flagler County celebrates 4th of July

Neighborhood networking site taking off in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The first of its kind private social networking site for neighborhoods only is starting to take off in Jacksonville.

It is called nextdoor.com, and it started last year in San Francisco.

Co-founder and CEO Nirav Tolia thought there should be an easier way for neighbors to connect.

He said, "Services like Facebook have shown us the value of connecting online with our friends and family. Why isn't there a service that helps us connect with people right out our front door?"

The idea behind nextdoor.com is that neighbors can first connect online, then face to face.

Some neighborhoods have planned parties. Others help each other find lost pets, share contact information and even find a babysitter or orthodontist.

"We know that when neighbors start talking, good things happen," Tolia said.

Intuition Ale Works closing its open-air brewery

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A popular craft brewer says they've been forced to stop hosting popular events at their open-air brewery.
 
Intuition Ale Works in Riverside says they've recently been fined for a noise violation after frequent visits by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Invasive lizard species spotted in Avondale

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An invasive lizard species was spotted outside an Avondale neighborhood on Sunday. 

First Coast News confirmed with two wildlife experts that the almost three foot lizard is, in fact, a Tegu.

"I thought it was a baby alligator when it came towards me head on," said Mike Read.

An alligator, an iguana, or maybe a baby dinosaur.

Those were all of the possibilities thrown around before Read learned he has a Tegu hiding underneath his house.

"He's probably only about 30 inches long, but a lot of that length is in his tail," said Read.

Read snapped a couple of pictures during the few seconds the exotic reptile peeked out of the bushes and walked under the home. 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission do not recommend people attempting to capture lizards they may come accross.