Jacksonville, Fla., is experiencing a homicide increase blamed partly on a series of shootings in parking lots near nightclubs. A 30-year-old man killed Sunday was the sixth victim this year near a nightclub, the Florida Times-Union says.
The homicide toll in Jacksonville is 66 so far this year, which is ahead of the rate that claimed 90 lives last year. There were 75 in 2001.
Police are increasing patrols around nightclubs, partly in an effort to get people out of parking lots soon after the clubs close. Officers are issuing tickets to those drinking by their cars or parking on the sidewalk.