(WEST PALM BEACH, FL) – An alarming number of shootings in West Palm Beach are being investigated by law enforcement officials.
Three separate shootings near the downtown area left three people injured including an 8-year-old and a 17-year-old. The third shooting involved a West Palm Beach police officer.
According to Mike Jachles, a spokesman for the West Palm Beach Police Department, the first shooting occurred just before 3:30 p.m. in the 900 block of Fifth Street off Tamarind Avenue. That’s where he says a 17-year-old male was shot, and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Jachles said shortly after, at 3:38 p.m., the police department got another report of shots fired at the intersection of 13th Street and Tamarind Avenue, near the Kareem’s Food Mart convenience store. Jachles said that’s where the 8-year-old girl was shot. Her injuries were also non-life threatening. Police believe the first and second shooting are related.
The third shooting happened at 3:43 p.m. at the intersection of 15th Street and Windsor Avenue, a few blocks away from the second shooting, Jachles said. Jachles said a West Palm Beach police officer was forced to fire at what he called “a violent 22-year-old male armed with a gun.” It is unclear if the suspect fired a gun or pointed a gun at officers.
“Officers that were at the scene, immediately began life-saving efforts, they administered CPR,” said Jachles. “He was later taken to St. Mary’s hospital.”
He also said the officer involved in the shooting of the 22-year-old man is now on paid administrative leave.
West Palm Beach police are investigating all three shootings. Jachles said there are no suspects in custody as of Monday night.
Police are seeking the public’s help with any information tied to these shootings. If you have any information call the West Palm Beach Police Department at (561) 822-1900.