Man shot, killed in New Smyrna Beach neighborhood

Suspect in custody

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – A man was shot and killed early Friday morning in New Smyrna Beach, police said.

The victim, identified by police as James Jackson, 26, was found just after 1 a.m. in the middle of Washington Street, near U.S. 1. 

Rescue crews rushed Jackson to the hospital, but officials said he later died from his injuries. 

New Smyrna Beach police have a suspect in custody.

Ruben Watson, 32, was seen leaving the shooting scene into a nearby home.  Watson surrendered to police. He's charged with with second degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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Police said a group of up to 12 people were in the street when two people started arguing. One of the men fired several shots, striking Jackson, police said.

Patrick Morjan said he was at the scene when his friend was shot. He ran to the area when he heard several shots, then saw Jackson lying on the ground.

"It was a hard feeling to see. I know when I seen him, my body went limp and actually seeing the holes in him, it's not a thing people want to see really," Morjan said.

The shooting was an unusual occurrence for the quiet neighborhood.

"I just started weeping, because I never thought that it would be in our community, let alone right at my front door," neighbor Sky Morris said.

Homicides are rare in New Smyrna Beach, police said.

"I've been here almost two years now, and this is only the second homicide we've had, so when you compare us to other cities in the area, I think we're a very safe city," NSB Police Chief Mike Coffin said.

The 500 block of Washington Street is closed while detectives collect evidence, police said.

No other details have been released.

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