City of West Palm Beach, Mayor Jeri Muoio may close 45th Street Flea Market after shootings

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Ten days after one person was killed and another person was wounded during a shooting inside the 45th Street Flea Market, Mayor Jeri Muoio said every option was on the table to curb the violence there, including closing it down.

In an exclusive interview with WPTV NewsChannel 5, Muoio said the city had marshaled the resources of the building, code enforcement and police departments, and warned that the City could step in and shutter the flea market if the problems continued.

"We have closed down convenience stores and other places like that when they have become a chronic nuisance. We are going to work with them and do what we can to make it work," said Muoio. "If it doesn't work, we'll have to address it. We just can't have this continue to happen."

Last month, one person was killed and another was person was wounded during a shooting in front of customers.

In August, one person was shot during an argument between two men.

Muoio said the city had developed a plan to address the violence.

"After this latest incident, we are all frustrated and upset. I asked for a meeting involving several parties, including police and code enforcement. They have met this past week, and they have a plan to deal with it," Muoio said.

The City of West Palm Beach did not release the details of the plan but Elliot Cohen, a spokesperson, said it was comprehensive and would be enacted this week.

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