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December 20, 2014

Georgia man faces attempted murder charge in Jacksonville shooting

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Jeremee Bernard Griffin

Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 1:59 pm | Updated: 3:52 pm, Wed Jul 30, 2014.

Jacksonville police on Tuesday arrested a man in connection with a June shooting that sent a victim to the hospital.

Jeremee Bernard Griffin, 21, of Douglasville, Ga. turned himself in Tuesday afternoon, according to Jacksonville police. Griffin is charged with attempted murder and first-degree robbery stemming from a June 16 shooting on Mountain Street, which sent Jacksonville resident Vilas Rajesh Patel to a hospital in Birmingham with life-threatening injuries.

Jacksonville police Chief Tommy Thompson said investigators identified Griffin as a suspect in the days after the shooting, but said Griffin only turned himself in after other agencies put effort into finding the Georgia man.

Thompson said police are still looking into a possible motive for the shooting. But he said Patel and the Griffin knew each other, and Griffin called Patel moments before the shooting.

According to the chief, Patel is undergoing physical rehabilitation, but he is expected to survive.

Griffin was in Calhoun County Jail as of Wednesday afternoon, held on two $50,000 bonds. He is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 11.

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