1 dead, 3 injured after shooting in Belle Glade

Surveillance video released

BELLE GLADE, Fla. -- The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office has released surveillance video that shows people running after a gunfight Monday night that left one man dead and three others injured.

It happened along the 500 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, according to Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputies.

The homicide victim was identified as Kenji Simeton.

Deputies remained on scene for about seven hours following the shooting at 9:30 p.m.

At 4 a.m. Tuesday, the body of  Simeton was removed. Deputies did not immediately remove his body to preserve evidence.

Deputies said there appeared to be a battle between several factions.

"These are set-ups, they know who they're after. They're picking their targets out and the people that live in the Glades out there, their residents, I mean, there's a lot of people that know what's going on and probably know who's involved," Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said.

Investigators have not identified any of the other victims by name or by age.

The three wounded males were expected to survive their injuries.

Deputies are asking the community to offer tips by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS. A reward of up to $15,000 is being offered.

Majd Afghani, a resident who works in a gas station in Belle Glade, says he is concerned about the violence.

"I grew up in this town. It's really hard seeing people getting killed, getting shot. This is the second time this week someone's been killed," Afghani said. "It's not good at all."

Several shootings and deaths have been reported along the same stretch of road in Belle Glade in the last year.  Others have occurred in nearby Pahokee.

"It's a constant. Belle Glade is known for it," Afghani said. "The crime rate is pretty bad here."

"You've got the families waring back and forth with each other. You've got some people trying to start up a gang that will take the place of the one we got out there. So, somebody gets shot, now you have a retaliatory shooting and here we go," said sheriff Bradshaw.

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