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Fort Pierce man accused of killing 16-year-old girl in West Palm Beach

Larry Young Jr., 25, fatally shot teen bystander during altercation, police say
Larry Young Jr. handcuffed in court after arrest closeup on hands, Dec. 21, 2021
Posted at 2:54 PM, Dec 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-21 16:07:51-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A Fort Pierce man is accused of fatally shooting a 16-year-old girl in West Palm Beach.

Larry Young Jr., 25, was arrested Thursday by U.S. marshals on unrelated charges in St. Lucie County.

West Palm Beach police spokesman Mike Jachles said Young fired a gun during a Dec. 10 altercation in the 500 block of 17th Street, killing the teen bystander.

Palm Beach County Judge Charles Burton said in court that the girl "had the misfortune of sitting in a vehicle with her parents when you decided to allegedly have a shootout in downtown West Palm Beach."

The victim's name was being withheld by police.

Young faces charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a felon. He was being held without bond at the main Palm Beach County jail.

Judge Charles Burton holds Larry Young Jr. in criminal contempt, Dec. 21, 2021
Palm Beach County Judge Charles Burton holds Larry Young Jr. in criminal contempt after the murder suspect calls him a "b---h-ass cracker" during his initial court appearance, Dec. 21, 2021, in West Palm Beach, Fla.

As Burton was finishing explaining why he ordered Young to be held without bond, Young called the judge a "b---h-ass cracker" as he walked away.

Burton then called Young back into the courtroom to say that he was sentencing him to five months and 29 days in jail for criminal contempt of court.