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Girl seriously injured in West Palm Beach shooting was 'innocent victim,' police say

Teen victim shot shortly before 10 p.m. near 10th Street, Tamarind Avenue
Scene of shooting at 10th Street and Tamarind Avenue in West Palm Beach on July 4, 2023.
Posted at 11:38 PM, Jul 04, 2023
and last updated 2023-07-05 12:51:37-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A teenage girl was seriously injured after being an "innocent victim" in a shooting Tuesday night in West Palm Beach, a police spokesman said.

The incident happened shortly before 10 p.m. in the 1000 block of 10th Street at Tamarind Avenue. The scene was less than two miles west of the 4th on Flagler event, where fireworks finished at about 9:30 p.m.

The girl, believed to be 15, was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center in serious condition with a wound in the upper body, police spokesman Mike Jachles said at a media briefing at the scene of the shooting. He said the girl was conscious and alert when taken to the hospital.

Jachles said the shooter or shooters were looking for someone else and fled down an alleyway between Ninth Street and 10th Street.

Police found multiple rounds fired and it was not "celebratory gunfire," Jachles said.

Jachles added there was a lack of cooperation from people in the area in giving information.

Anyone with information that can help investigators is asked to call the West Palm Beach Police Department or Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County at 800-458-TIPS.