Suspect arrested after Lake Worth shooting briefly placed school on lockdown

LAKE WORTH, Fla. - A man celebrating his birthday ended up hospitalized after being shot four times while trying to come to the aid of a friend, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said the incident unfolded Thursday at an apartment complex in the 1100 block of S. Federal Highway.

A woman claims she and a friend were inside the residence when she heard a man screaming into his cellphone just outside her door.

After confronting him she said he punched her when she threatened to call police.

She said she then saw another man nearby who pointed a handgun at her face and it touched her forehead.

At that point, she told investigators her male friend tried to protect her and stabbed the armed man. He then shot her friend four times, according to the police report.

Deputies later identified the stabbed man as 35-year-old Edward Fernandez Jr.

They detained him after he was dropped off at a hospital.

He faces charges of attempted first-degree murder with a firearm, aggravated assault, shooting into an occupied dwelling, possession of a firearm by convicted felon and armed occupied burglary. 

He has been convicted of five previous felonies, according to the affidavit.

Because of the shooting, there was a precautionary lockdown for a time at South Grade Elementary.

 

 

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