JACKSONVILLE - Jacksonville police have increased the reward for information leading up to the shooting death of a woman at a bingo hall; they also say they believe the victim was a robbery target prior to being killed.
65-year-old Kim Hua Flournoy was shot and killed behind the TNT Bingo on Henderson Drive at 7:42 p.m. Sunday.
There are several surveillance cameras on the building police will be combing through for evidence.
The suspect has been identified as a black man. He reportedly fled from the area in a white or silver Dodge or Chrysler 4-door sedan.
Juan and Vanessa Lopez live behind the bingo hall. They say it is usually quiet. They say it is unsettling to have a shooting so close.
"It's just so close, it's right there ad one move from either of us and it could have easily been us," said Vanessa Lopez.
The family has released a statement saying, "The family wishes to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers in this difficult time. Kim, or "Nancy" as she was known to some, was our loving mother and with the birth of her first grandchild became an even more devoted grandmother. We will miss her dearly.We ask that anyone with information please contact the Jacksonville Police Department or Crimestoppers."
Neighbors say they are having a hard time coming to grips Flournoy's death.
"It just bothers me to know that she's not going to be here anymore," said neighbor Catherine Helm. "Because she's such a sweet, neighborly, woman. One of the best neighbors I could have asked for."
Crimestoppers Chairman Joe Yannessa announced today that an acquaintance of the family of Kim Hua Flournoy has posted a supplemental reward of up to $10,000 with Onslow Crime Stoppers program.
"This is in addition to the to Crimestoppers customary reward level of up to $2,500." Yannessa stated. "Including the match reward offered by Jacksonville Police Department (up to $2,500), this brings the total possible reward amount to $15,000 for information leading to the arrest and apprehension of the suspects in this case."
Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 910-938-3273.
"This is an open and active investigation. We are on scene and in the initial stage of investigation and there is no additional information at this time." stated Lieutenant Jason Bettis, JPD Investigations Supervisor.