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Suspect, 19, arrested after deadly shooting at Starbucks drive-thru in Lake Worth Beach

Justin Boersma faces murder charge after confrontation in drive-thru line
Lake Worth Beach shooting near Starbucks on April 28, 2021
Lake Worth Beach shooting near Starbucks on April 28, 2021
Posted at 12:56 PM, Apr 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-29 18:59:01-04

LAKE WORTH BEACH, Fla. — A 19-year-old suspect is facing a murder charge after a deadly shooting Wednesday afternoon outside a Starbucks in Lake Worth Beach, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators said the shooting occurred around noon in the 100 block of North Dixie Hwy., which is near a busy area with multiple businesses and restaurants.

Pictures from the scene show crime tape posted outside a nearby Starbucks, which was closed while deputies investigated the shooting.

Lake Worth Beach shooting near Starbucks on April 28, 2021
The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office responded to a shooting near a Starbucks in Lake Worth Beach, Fla., on April 28, 2021.

The victim, identified as Samuel Joseph Rossetti, 31, was found inside a black Chevrolet Silverado truck with multiple gunshot wounds to the torso.

Rossetti was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center but died from his injuries.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office later arrested Justin Ray Boersma, 19, of Lake Worth Beach after he fled the scene of the shooting.

According to a sheriff's office probable cause affidavit, surveillance video from a nearby T-Mobile store showed Rossetti getting out of his truck and walking up to a Nissan Versa.

The video showed Rossetti appear to pull on the door handle and strike the window with his hand.

The victim turned around and began walking back toward his truck when the driver of the Versa got out and fired several rounds at Rossetti.

Lake Worth Beach shooting near Starbucks on April 28, 2021
The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office responded to a deadly shooting near a Starbucks in Lake Worth Beach, Fla., on April 28, 2021.

Using the sheriff's office drone and helicopter, deputies were able to locate Boersma's vehicle and place of residence.

During an interview with investigators, Boersma admitted that he, his girlfriend, their friend and his girlfriend's infant drove to Starbucks.

When they arrived, Boersma said they pulled into the drive-thru line, and Rossetti walked up and started beating on the window of their car with his fist for an unknown reason.

However, witnesses said Boersma had cut in front of Rossetti's truck while waiting in line at the drive-thru.

Boersma said Rossetti grabbed the door handle and ripped it off and began walking back to truck. The suspect said his girlfriend was screaming the whole time saying, "we have a baby" in the car.

That's when Boersma said he grabbed a Glock 9mm handgun, got out of his car and shot three rounds toward the victim, who was at his window.

Boersma said he shot Rossetti because he did not know what he might have inside his truck and was scared for his girlfriend and the baby.

The shooter said he fled and did not render aid to the victim because he had to go home and contact a lawyer and turn himself in later in the day.

Boersma is being held without bond and faces charges of first-degree murder and firing a weapon in public.