St Augustine Police reported to Historic City News today that they responded to a shooting call from the emergency shelter, St Francis House, located at 70 Washington Street. Emergency medical personnel arrived to find the 44-year-old victim, Joseph Edward Williams, with a gunshot wound to the neck.
Williams was stabilized at the scene and transported to Flagler Hospital where he remains in critical condition.
A description of the man witnesses say committed the attack was broadcast to patrolmen in the area. Officers located a man, riding a bicycle in the area, who they say fit the description. 52-year-old Darrell Tyrone Jones, who resides at 532 Christopher Street in St. Augustine, was taken to the police department for questioning.
Jones was subsequently charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and attempted murder. He remains in custody in lieu of $30,000 total bail.