The shootings are the latest in a rash of shootings that has been plaguing the Glades for the last two months, and show that the criminals are not yet ready to put down their guns.
Shooting on August 6
On Thursday, August 6, at approximately 11:48 a.m., members with the sheriff’s office responded to a shots fired call in the 300 block of Southwest Sixth Street in Belle Glade, according to Teri Barbera, PBSO director of media relations.
When they arrived, witnesses reported that a grey vehicle was struck two times by gunfire in the parking lot of Bobby’s Market.
According to information gathered at the scene, an unknown number of black males were shooting at each other, with three of the bullets penetrating the south wall of Bobby’s Market. One of the shooters, a black male wearing a black t-shirt and black and white camo shorts, was last seen running behind the building.
A review of the store’s surveillance cameras did not show the shooters.
Shooting on August 9
In a second shooting last week, deputies arrived at the 200 block of 12th Street in Belle Glade on Sunday, August 9, 9:45 p.m., where three to four black males were seen running from an area where shots were heard to have come from.
The men ran along the railroad tracks, leaving the area, but were stopped near State Road 715 and Martin Luther King Blvd. by officers with the canine unit. According to information released by the sheriff’s office, evidence was collected where the men were stopped.
A review of the local hospitals found that no shooting victims were treated for gunshot wounds, according to Ms. Barbera.
These shootings follow what was a particularly busy month-long period from June 20 to July 19 during which no fewer than eight shootings were investigated by the sheriff’s office in the towns of Belle Glade, South Bay and Pahokee.
In response, the sheriff’s office has stepped up its enforcement of the area by targeting people who are loitering in the areas that have experienced shootings. They ask for help from the community in helping to identify and find the suspects that are participating in a deadly war among themselves.
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.
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