• Neptune Beach shooting: 22-year-old arrested in motel shooting

    By: Brittney Donovan , Action News Jax


    Neptune Beach police arrested a man for attempted murder after a man was shot several times at a mote.

    Police were called to Red Roof Inn on Atlantic Boulevard Oct. 4.

    They found Wendell Ray Varnadore, 24, in the center hallway with several gunshot wounds.

    Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department took Varndadore to Memorial Hospital with life-threatening injuries.  

    Investigators identified several witnesses who identified Darius Leon Mangram, 22, as a suspect.

    Witnesses said they saw Mangram shoot Varnadore several times after the two got in a fight about a vehicle sale in the hallway of the motel.

    Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office arrested Mangram on an unrelated weapon and burglary charge Friday.

    He was charged with attempted murder on Oct.11.

    Varnadore remains at Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

    Family tells Action News Jax that bullets pierced his lungs and sheared his vertebrae. 

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