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Winter Garden market owner expected to be OK after being shot in chest

Man recently opened store to make better life for his family

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WINTER GARDEN, Fla. – The owner of JJ's Market was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center after being shot Saturday night, according to the Winter Garden Police Department.

The victim's uncle identified him as Jack Luckett Jr. He said his nephew suffered critical injuries when he was shot in the chest, but that he is expected to be OK.

"He’s going to make it. He’s a fighter," said the victim's uncle. "He’s in a lot of pain tonight, but he’s fighting it, trying to recover."

Family and friends confirmed Luckett, who is a husband and a father of four children, recently opened the corner store to make a better living for his family.

"He just try to help people, and he’s a nice guy to anybody around here, whether you’re friends with him or not, he’s still a good person," the victim's uncle said. 

Neighbor Jacqueline Massey said Luckett worked so hard and always wanted to be an entrepreneur.

"He always talked about he wanted his own business, and he was saving for it -- he and his wife,"  Massey said.  "Everybody is saddened about it around here."

Winter Garden police have not yet released details on whether the shooting happened inside the store or in the parking lot.

News 6 is also working to learn the relationship between the victim and the shooter.

"Yes, I talked to his brother. He said he was shot in the chest and he’s doing alright," Massey said.

Crime scene investigators and police officers were at the scene Saturday night, working to find a clear motive.

Luckett's family told News 6 they don't know why someone would have done this.

"Because this is how people do. They just do things for the wrong reasons. I don’t know if it’s jealous or what," said the victim's uncle. "It's for no reason. He ain't did nothing to nobody."

Police have not released a suspect description or motive.

Luckett's family told News 6 it's unclear how much longer Luckett will be in the hospital.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to call the Winter Garden Police Department.


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