Shots fired after 2 teens kicked off Palm Tran bus on Southern; no one injured

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - An argument between two teenagers who were kicked off a Palm Tran bus ended this afternoon with shots being fired from one vehicle to another in suburban West Palm Beach.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched shortly after 12:30 p.m. to Australian Avenue, near the northbound entrance ramp from Southern Boulevard to reports of shots being fired. When they arrived, they learned that no car was struck and no one was injured.

Detectives were then told that a 17-year-old boy from Mavericks Charter High School in Palm Springs got into an argument with a classmate while on board a Palm Tran bus sometime this afternoon. After at least one warning, the Palm Tran bus driver ordered the two off the bus near the entrance of the Hilton Palm Beach Airport Hotel, said sheriff's spokesman Deputy Eric Davis.

Both teens called for someone to come pick them up. As the 17-year-old was driven away by his family, the other teenager allegedly drove by in a vehicle with an undetermined number of friends and shot at the car the 17-year-old was in, Davis said.

No additional information concerning the investigation was immediately available, since the 17-year-old and his family said that they did not want to prosecute, Davis added. In the meantime, deputies are continuing their investigation and taped off an area near the entrance ramp to search for bullet casings.

Traffic was not severely affected by the incident. Deputies closed the Australian Avenue westbound exit ramp and the northbound entrance ramp for their investigation.