The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has its hands full this week, as it continues looking into a spate of recent shootings in Belle Glade and Pahokee. The unwillingness of witnesses to cooperate is proving that point even more difficult, as witnesses offer no clues, and victims themselves have no information to volunteer.
The most serious of the shootings resulted in the death of a young man in Pahokee. That crime took place shortly after 3 a.m. on Sunday, July 5, in the 600 block of East Main Street.
According to information released by the sheriff’s office, deputies responding to a shooting call found a male victim suffering from a gunshot wound(s).
The emergency crew worked to help the man, who was identified as 23-year-old Randy Virgil Jr., of Pahokee, but were unable to save him. He was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center via TraumaHawk, where he was pronounced deceased by emergency room personnel. An investigation into the shooting revealed that a fight had broken out among a group of people at the location, with Virgil being the only man shot. The sheriff’s office reported that no cooperating witnesses could be identified.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is also investigating a shooting that left two victims wounded yesterday in Belle Glade.
The incident happened shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Monday, July 6, in the area of Southwest Sixth Avenue and Avenue A in Belle Glade, according to information released by the sheriff’s office. Deputies were called to the scene to respond to a “shots fired” call. Deputies did not find victims in the area when they arrived, but a short time later two individuals arrived separately to Lakeside Medical Center in Belle Glade.
Teri Barbera, sheriff’s office public relations director, reported that both victims sustained non-life threatening injuries. Unfortunately, neither of the two had any information that could assist in prosecuting a shooter, or shooters.
“Neither victim could recall seeing any shooter or vehicle that would assist in the investigation,” Ms. Barbera told The Sun Newspaper.
Both victims were treated and released from the hospital.
If you have any information on these, or any other, crimes you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS (8477), or www.crimestopperspbc.com. You can also text your tip to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.