LAKE WORTH, Fla. - In a case of possible mistaken identity, a man had to be hospitalized Friday morning after he was attacked and shot during a break-in.
The incident occurred around 5:30 a.m. in the 1000 Block of South H St.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff's office said a caller stated that a group of men came into a home and beat up his cousin.
The victim, identified as Jose Antonio Perez-Ramos, 34, and his roommates were confronted by several men in the early hours of the morning at their apartment.
The victim's cousin said four men banged on the windows and doors and woke them up.
They said the victim had disrespected their teenage niece at a nearby nightclub earlier in the evening. Perez-Ramos and his roommates called 911 and reported the break-in
Two of the attackers entered the apartment and attacked the victim by punching and hitting him as the incident escalated from an argument. Perez-Ramos sustained a wound to his chest and was taken to JFK Hospital by his friends.
Medical staff at JFK said the victim had a gunshot wound and was transferred him to Delray Medical Center.
The attackers were described as three Puerto Rican males with numerous tattoos on their arms and one B/M. The men were accompanied by a teenage Hispanic woman. PBSO said they are believed to have been traveling in a black sport-utility vehicle.
One of the attackers was seen with a handgun in his waistband. Perez-Ramos underwent surgery and is listed in stable condition at Delray Medical Center.
The victims said they believe the attack involved a case of mistaken identity.