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Gun battle between 2 vehicles results in 1 dead, 1 injured near West Palm Beach

Vehicle crashes into power pole
A deadly shooting on North Congress Avenue and Westgate Avenue in West Palm Beach on May 9, 2023.PNG
Posted at 6:39 AM, May 09, 2023
and last updated 2023-05-09 16:36:52-04

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Palm Beach County deputies are investigating a double shooting that claimed a man's life and injured another person early Tuesday morning near West Palm Beach.

The shooting occurred at the intersection of Congress Avenue and Westgate Avenue, south of Okeechobee Boulevard, just before 12:30 a.m.

A resident who lives in the area said he heard four gunshots, then what sounded like a machine gun.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera said deputies located a vehicle with heavy right front/side damage north of the intersection. A man's body was also found close by.

Deputies also found another vehicle, which was unoccupied, in the parking lot of 1033 North Congress Ave., that had heavy front-end damage and several bullet defects.

Barbera said they believe the vehicles were shooting at each other on Westgate Avenue. Investigators said the vehicle with the dead person nearby lost control and crashed into a power pole.

The sheriff's office said occupants were observed exiting the vehicle and fleeing eastbound while being shot at by people who are believed to have occupied the vehicle that was located at 1033 North Congress Ave.

A second victim was located at the scene with a gunshot wound to the arm and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The names of the victims have not been released.

No other information, including details about a motive or search for a shooter, has been released.