Police asking for public's help with homicide investigation

JACKSONVILLE (KATV) -- Homicide detectives in Jacksonville remain working to find out what caused a shooting that leaves one man injured and another dead.

William Hadley, 28, died Tuesday from gunshot wounds in a Monday night shooting. Additionally, 33-year-old Michael Howard, who was also shot, is out of the hospital.

Police believe two black males, who witnesses say ran away on foot, are involved in what they're defining as a targeted crime.

"Our investigation has led us to believe this wasn't a random act. As far as what took place that night I'm unaware of right now," said Sgt. Richard Betterton with Jacksonville Police Department.

It's just the third recorded homicide in Jacksonville this year, and police are still trying to figure out who did it and why. The even bigger question for one person living in that part of town is 'did this really happen here?'

Lehman Drive not only gives off a quiet look of a sleepy street, but it even sounds that way when we visited Monday.

"My kids walk through this neighborhood everyday and my son visits a block over so to hear violence in this neighborhood it's kind of scary to me," said Anesha Williams, who lives nearby the street where the shooting happened.

We broke the news to Williams as she returned home from a parent-teacher conference at a nearby school Tuesday. Williams told us she's lived in the area for about 11 years, and hearing about this crime may change her every day activities.

"I walk past here and jog past this neighborhood a lot and there are elementary kids playing in the streets," Williams said. "When they get out of school today this neighborhood is going to be full of children. To hear right here in their neighborhood, somebody getting killed, that's crazy."

Police aren't working alone, they're asking for the public's help in this case. If you have any information on who may be responsible, you're urged to call Jacksonville PD at (501) 982-3191 to provide an anonymous tip. There could be a reward offered for any info leading to an arrest and conviction.