Florida man fatally shoots robber; son injured

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – A father fatally shot a man who tried to rob his family as they waited in their sport utility vehicle for a summer camp enrollment to open, authorities said.

The father’s 10-year-old son was injured during the shooting, but it wasn’t immediately clear how. The boy, Brevon Ricks, remained hospitalized in critical condition late Saturday, officials said.

The alleged robber approached the driver’s window early Saturday, pointed a gun at the father and demanded money, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ken Jefferson said. He then ordered the family of five to unlock one of the SUV’s doors, he said.

“The father, sensing something was wrong, decided to defend his family … pulled out a gun and he shot and killed the suspect on the scene,” Jefferson said.

It was not clear if the father was licensed to carry a gun, he said.

The names of the father and the other family members, as well as the alleged robber, were not released.

The family had been parked at the entrance of McGirts Creek Park, waiting to enroll their children in a summer camp, authorities said.

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