Aaron Francis Bayliss: Suspected burglar killed after shots fired during WPB car break-in

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Two people were breaking into a car when shots were fired overnight, resulting in the death of one of the burglars, police said.

The shooting occurred in the 200 block of Arlington Road  just east of Dixie Highway.  

Police said a victim approached the suspected burglars during the break-in and that’s when the shots were fired.  Investigators are still looking for the other suspected burglar.

The suspect killed during the shooting was later identified as 31-year-old Aaron Francis Bayliss.

Police say there were seven or eight burglaries in the area the night of the shooting.

“I was in my room last night about 12:45  and I was working on my computer and heard a string of gunshots, 4 to 6 gunshots.  That literally sounded right outside my bedroom door almost,” said Greg Gonzales who called 911.

Investigators say they are looking at surveillance video captured by cameras at residents' homes close to the time of the break-ins and shooting.  

Robert Norvell, the president of the South End Neighborhood Association, says he's been getting calls from residents about the shooting. “The South End is… will always have its problems being so close to other communities and being so easily accessed through Forest Hill, or through Southern, but I think in general it is safe."

The neighborhood association says its last meeting focused on public safety.

Thursday West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio will meet with residents to follow up on safety concerns that have been expressed in the past.  The meeting was scheduled before the shooting.


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