A 21-year-old football coach was shot 10 times while shielding a group of children inside his vehicle from a drive-by shooting in Florida, his attorney said. A 13-year-old boy was killed in the shooting.

The 21-year-old driver survived but may need several surgeries, News4JAX reported Wednesday. Another boy was injured in the incident but is expected to recover.

The shooting incident unfolded Saturday in Jacksonville when the coach was driving his four players back home from football tryouts. The suspect or suspects pulled up to the intersection of Moncrief Road West and New Kings Road and unleashed a volley of gunshots on the coach's vehicle.

As the children sat in his SUV, the coach shielded them from the barrage of bullets and was shot 10 times, according to Jacksonville attorney John Phillips, who is now representing the severely injured coach.

A 13-year-old teenager, identified as Prince Holland, was killed in the gunfire.

The remaining players included an 11-year-old boy, who was shot but expected to recover. Two teenagers, aged 14 and 15, were also inside the SUV but did not sustain any injuries in the drive-by shooting, WFLA News Channel 8.

The coach told investigators that he does not know who pulled up next to his SUV and shot at them, the attorney said. The incident is being investigated and the suspect or suspects remain at large.

Retired Jacksonville Sheriff's Office deputy James Brown spoke to News4JAX and said investigators are sieving through surveillance footage and speaking to witnesses as part of the investigation.

"Someone knows these individuals. The people that know them obviously are going to put out information. Maybe not on purpose, but by word of mouth, rumors. It is hard for them to avoid. They will get caught," Brown told the outlet.

The retired officer also does not believe the shooting was a random incident.

"More than likely this was not random. It was probably directed," Brown said, adding, "With that being said, there's probably some bad blood somewhere. There's a motive behind it. So yes, they would be talking to people directly involved."

Officials urged the public to come forward with information about the shooting and are offering a $9,000 reward for tips that lead to an arrest.

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