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Friday, August 15, 2008

TOP STORY > >Carjacker slays teen near gym

Leader staff writer

A woman was murdered in the parking lot of Ultimate Fitness Gym, 1108 S. Redmond Road in Jacksonville at 1:57 a.m. Friday.
The victim, Danick Adams, 18, of 1509 Stanphil Road, and another woman went to the 24-hour gym for a late-night tanning session, according to an employee at the gym.

The police are still searching for her killer, who drove off with the victim’s car.

When the women left the gym, a black man came out of the wooded area near the gym and pointed a gun at the two women, police said. The suspect demanded the victim’s car keys, their cell phones and other valuables.

Adams complied with his demands, but he shot at the women anyway, killing Adams. The victim’s friend escaped unhurt.
The killing was Jacksonville’s fourth murder this year. The city had five murders in 2007.

About a half an hour after the shooting, a Jacksonville police officer pulled over a driver and a female passenger in a car matching the description of the victim’s vehicle.
A manhunt is underway, according to April Kiser, public information officer of the Jacksonville Police Department.

The driver fled on foot from the officer and has not been caught, but the female passenger is in custody..
Ultimate Fitness first opened in 1993 and “then became a 24-hour gym in 2002,” a gym employee said.