Employee inside 45th Street Flea Market witnesses second store shooting in one month

One dead, one injured in shooting

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - West Palm Beach Police have one man in custody following a fatal shooting at the 45th Steet Flea Market on Saturday afternoon.

Police are actively searching for one more suspect involved in the shooting that killed one man, and injured another.

Police say an officer nearby heard gunshots inside the store, ran inside to administer aid to both victims, and took one man into custody.

Meanwhile, employee Kennith Burgess was just feet away from the gunfire.

"Everybody was just trying to get to cover. It was chaotic," Burgess described.

Burgess said the man who was killed was a customer at his booth, where he sells music.

The man injured is one of his colleagues.

Burgess says from what he saw, the shooter knew his target.

"He knew who he wanted, and it was between them two," Burgess described. "The young man came in, and  they got into the little scuffle, and he said you thought it was over."

Burgess said this isn't the first time he's been working while gunfire erupted inside the store. One person was injured in a shooting at the 45th Street Flea Market at the end of August.

"Like the first one, it all started out here on the street," said Burgess.

Police are keeping consistent patrols near the flea market, but say they're not considering the violence a trend just yet.

"You can try to speculate that it was that one location, but then an act of violence is so random. It can happen anywhere in the United States.  It's one of the toughest things to stop and to predict," Said Captain David Burnhardt.

Burgess is hopeful that Saturday's shooting will be the end of the violent streak.

"Y'all just stop all the beefing, you know. Let's everybody get together. Can't we all just get along?" said Burgess.

Two arrests have been made for the shooting in August.

 

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