A 34-year-old Texas man was arrested for attempted murder early Saturday after a Jacksonville man was shot in the stomach following an argument inside the Ice Lounge at 5522 Soutel Drive, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
Ricky Thomas of West Commerce Street in San Antonio remains in the Duval County jail on $350,000 bail after his 9 a.m. arrest, according to jail logs.
Police said Thomas and the victim began arguing at 3:20 a.m. in the lounge just north of New Kings Road. Security and off-duty sheriff’s officers ejected them, the report said. But when Thomas got outside, he grabbed a 9mm handgun and pointed it at the 28-year-old man he’d been arguing with, police said. The two men fought over the gun before Thomas fired one shot, his arrest report said.
The victim suffered a non life-threatening wound to the stomach and was taken for treatment to UF Health Jacksonville, along with Thomas, police said.The handgun was recovered at the scene, while Thomas was arrested at the hospital.
Thomas was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted out-of-state felon after police uncovered his 2007 conviction and jail sentence for felony possession of a weapon in Bexar County, Tx., the arrest report said.