Belle Glade man faces attempted murder charges; at least 22 shots fired in Sept. 5 shooting

Mitchell Roosevelt

Mitchell Roosevelt

Michell Roosevelt, 22, of Belle Glade, was arrested Tuesday, September 8, on an attempted murder charge after investigators say he was traced back to a reckless shooting that targeted another young Belle Glade man.

The shooting incident happened on Saturday, September 5, near Billy’s Market, 464 Martin Luther King Blvd., in Belle Glade. According to information released by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, the victim, Tyrone James, 27, drove to Billy’s Market with his girlfriend and brother to get a snack and buy lottery tickets when he ran into Roosevelt.

Roosevelt was holding a baby in his arms and allegedly flashed gang signs in front of the child. When James exited the store, the suspect reportedly followed him to his vehicle, and handed the child back to the child’s mother. The suspect then reached into the pocket of his hoodie and seemed to look inside James’ vehicle as James drove away.

James then traveled south on Fifth Street, a dead end, to drop off his brother. On returning, the victim noticed the suspect, Roosevelt, pointing an object towards the left side of the car. The victim realized his car was being shot at, and he remembers hearing another type of gun coming from the right side of the car, but could not see who else was shooting.

Fearing for his life, the victim fled the scene. His girlfriend, who was a passenger in the car, was lying down tired after a long day at work, and did not see any of the shooters.

Their car, “a 2006 beige Hyundia Elantra, sustained approximately eight holes, which appeared to be made by bullets,” reported Detective Perez-Pizarro. “The vehicle also sustained damage to multiple windows.”

Investigators managed to locate at least 22 bullet casings, both .22 caliber and .45 caliber rounds. Investigators were also able to retrieve footage from Billy’s Market showing the moments before the shooting, which seemed to perfectly corroborate information acquired by investigators – the suspect made gestures at the baby, followed the victim outside, and then was seen meeting with other males and walking in the direction of the victim’s car.

Investigators traced back the evidence to Roosevelt, matching the surveillance footage and victim testimony back to the suspect. Roosevelt has 10 documented felony convictions, including a 2013 conviction for battery on a law enforcement officer.

He is being held at the West Detention Center until his next court appearance.

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