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A flying Confederate banner and apparent window gunshot for Jacksonville's mayor

 A bullet hole is clearly seen in a fourth floor window at City Hall on Tuesday morning, said to be Mayor Lenny Curry's Office.
Will Brown
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WJCT
A bullet hole is seen in a fourth-floor window at Jacksonville City Hall on Tuesday morning.

Mayor Lenny Curry's office window appears to have a bullet hole in it while a plane pulling a Confederate flag and message circled City Hall.

A bullet appears to have been shot at Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry's office window at City Hall this week.

As the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office was investigating Tuesday morning, a charter plane pulled a Confederate flag and banner criticizing the mayor over downtown Jacksonville, repeating a similar stunt before the Nov. 27 Jacksonville Jaguars game.

The mayor's office had no comment Tuesday on the window damage, when it might have been caused or who discovered it other than "We are grateful to JSO for investigating this matter."

As of Tuesday, Curry had not addressed the window or banner on Twitter, his favored public platform.

City Council member Matt Carlucci, who was in the mayor's office Tuesday morning, called what happened "despicable."

"To put our mayor's life in danger, of course, is an outrage," Carlucci said. "I can tell you that I don't want anyone taking a shot at anyone at City Hall, and I sure don't want them taking a shot at my mayor."

Confederate flag files with message

Tuesday morning's banner, with a Confederate flag leading the charge, read "Curry, Stop Your Hate!" It also included the web address for Save Southern Heritage Inc., which calls itself a voluntary association of people who "revere the South, Southern history and Southern heritage," and want to see it preserved.

 The Confederate flag banner and the message for Mayor Lenny Curry as it flew Tuesday morning over downtown Jacksonville.
Will Brown
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WJCT News
The Confederate flag banner and the message for Mayor Lenny Curry as it flew Tuesday morning over downtown Jacksonville.

The group claimed responsibility for the earlier banner flown over the football game, which read "Put Monuments Back." It alluded to the city's removal of a monument to a Confederate soldier that sat across from City Hall in what was then called Hemming Park, since renamed James Weldon Johnson Park.

Curry condemned the earlier display, tweeting, "There is no place for hate of any kind in our city." He also noted that he has allocated money for removal of other Confederate monuments from public property and "empowered" the City Council to take action. But the council has not taken action on monuments since.

When asked by Jacksonville Today about the Nov. 27 plane banner, Gov. Ron DeSantis last week in Jacksonville called it the work of “some 'jabroni' that nobody cares about.” 

Bullet through the mayor's window?

 The bullet hole is in a fourth floor window, seven to the right of City Hall's main entrance, visible one floor above the building's spotlight array across from James Weldon Johnson Park.
Dan Scanlan
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WJCT News
The bullet hole is in a fourth-floor window, seven to the right of City Hall's main entrance, is visible one floor above the building's spotlight array across from James Weldon Johnson Park.

The mayor’s office said the sheriff’s office is investigating the incident. The sheriff's office had no comment and referred reporters to a report filed just after 11 a.m. Monday in response to a call from a City Council staff member.

That report does not mention a bullet hole, only the discovery of "some bullet casings" in James Weldon Johnson Park on Monday morning.

"The complainant stated that she was walking through the park during her break when she came across the casings and she contacted JSO immediately," the report said. "Per HQ there have not been any persons- shot calls or discharged firearms since 11/8." (That refers to an earlier police report that is not yet available.

It is not clear whether the banner and the window are connected.  

This is not the first time this year that City Hall windows have been damaged.

In early February, someone used a piece of steel rebar to smash 20 windows on the ground floor, JSO said. A 62-year-old man was found face- down on the street outside City Hall and charged with criminal mischief, according to WJCT News partner News4Jax.

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Dan Scanlan
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