Update: Police make arrest after report of shots fired at art gallery

By Gary Scott on November 17, 2015 at 7:25pm

More details are being released regarding a reported shooting incident near downtown Jacksonville Tuesday night.

Police Lieutenant Sean Walker says there was a report of shots fired in the area of West College near the Strawn Art Gallery at around 3:30 yesterday afternoon.

Walker says officers found physical evidence of shots fired, but says it took almost an hour to determine from where the shots came. When they determined the shots came from the gallery, Walker says police asked 42-year-old Eric Wooldridge, who was apparently staying at the gallery, to come out.

Walker says Wooldridge refused to come out when officers asked, but that he eventually did exit the building when the police department’s Special Response Team was called out at around 6 p.m.

Walker says it appears the shots were fired into the ground from a window of the building. He says there was no intended target. There were no injuries reported. He says Wooldridge may have been intoxicated.

Walker says the situation didn’t reach the level of a standoff, but that the nearby Masonic Temple was placed on a soft lockdown, with people not allowed to enter or exit the building.

Walker says Wooldridge came out of the gallery at around 6 p.m.

     Wooldridge remains in custody at the Morgan County Jail.



Jacksonville Police say they’ve detained someone after a report of shots fired on West College.

WLDS-WEAI News first received reports of police presence on West College in front of the Beecher High Rise apartment complex at around 4 p.m. At around 7:15, Sergeant Doug Thompson told us police had someone detained for questioning.

Forty-two-year-old Eric Wooldridge of the 3-hundred block of West College, the address listed for the Strawn Art Gallery, was booked at the Morgan County Jail at around 8:30 p-m for reckless discharge of a firearm.

Thompson says there were no injuries, and that the police department’s Special Response Team was activated in response to the incident.

No further information was available, and Thompson says the incident remains under investigation.

Story updated with name of person arrested.