Gunfire leads to search in Riviera Beach

Posted at 11:47 AM, Nov 07, 2016


Malik Smith, 18, of West Palm Beach, was arrested and faces charges of child neglect in the case. Riviera Beach police said Smith also had an unrelated outstanding warrant.   


There was an overwhelming police response in Riviera Beach Monday after a dispute between two men led to a shooting near Congress Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr., Boulevard.

The men were in separate vehicles when a passenger in one fired a weapon. 

The vehicle where the gunfire came from had a baby inside, crashed and became stuck on a median. The shooter grabbed the baby and ran off. 

Tiffany Kennedy heard the crash and wanted to help when she saw the men ran away from the scene. 

She then chased after them, wanting to make sure the child was ok.

"I caught up with the man with the baby," Kennedy said. "He said: This man took me, he's going to kill my baby, he's going to kill my baby." 

The man who has yet to be identified by police, then ran with the baby to Marsh Harbour apartment complex.

"He scaled the wall with the baby," Kennedy said. 

Police told WPTV the suspect is not the baby's father but a friend of the mother and was apparently looking after the child. 

Following a tip, police began looking for the suspect at the apartment complex. Inside a residence they found the suspect and a child, police said.

The youngster, who is between 15 and 18-months old, is safe.

Police also say they found the driver of the car from which shots were fired. They say the person was driving a stolen vehicle.

Police haven't released the suspect's identity or what kind of charges he might be facing. Riviera police confirm that nobody was injured and the baby boy was safely reunited with his mother. 

Investigators are now questioning the several people, including the alleged victim.

Anyone with information is urged to call Riviera Beach police at (561) 845-4123 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at 800 458-TIPS.