JACKSONVILLE, FLA. — A license-tag number and eyewitness accounts led Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office detectives to arrest a Brevard County man in connection with the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old at a Gate Food Post store on the Southside, police said Sunday.
Family and friends of Jordan Davis, who went to Wolfson High School according to his Facebook profile, grieved in disbelief that he was killed when an argument about loud music turned violent.
Michael Dunn, 45, of Satellite Beach turned himself in to Brevard County law enforcement authorities on Saturday, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. He was arrested on a Duval County warrant on charges of murder and attempted murder.
Dunn pleaded not guilty. He was officially booked into the Duval County Jail on Tuesday afternoon and is expected to make a court appearance Wednesday morning.
Dunn is vice president of software development for Dunn & Dunn Data Systems Inc., according to his LinkedIn profile. The company is based in Vero Beach.
Davis, who was with friends in a sport-utility vehicle, died after a man fired at the vehicle at the Gate store on the corner of Southside Boulevard and Baymeadows Road.
“My heart really goes out to his family,” said Ann Dugger, executive director of the Justice Coalition, a group that assists victims of crimes.
One friend of Davis said on a Facebook posting that they had talked about joining the Army together.
Police at the scene Friday said the shooting was preceded by a dispute between a man driving a dark-colored sedan and the occupants of the sport-utility vehicle. Davis was a passenger in the SUV.
The confrontation began over loud music, police said.
After the man in the sedan fired multiple shots at the SUV, he drove off, police said.