2 people hurt when gun fired into the air in Boynton Beach

Posted at 11:00 AM, Jul 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-27 09:51:57-04

Bullets fired into the air injured two people Monday night in Boynton Beach, according to police.

The first incident happened around 8:40 p.m. in the 1900 block of NW 2nd Court.

Julio Felix, 25, was sitting outside when he heard gunfire and ran inside. Police say that’s when he realized he was struck in the buttocks.

His niece called 9-1-1. "We ran into the room because the people were shooting and the door was open and we didn't want them to come in," said Felix's niece in the 911 call.

A neighbor's home was also shot at. The woman living there is thankful she and her family weren't outside at the time.

"Louder than fireworks," said the neighbor. "It was really loud and scary. It freaked me out. I was shaken."

Less than 90 minutes later police were called to investigate a gunshot victim at St. Mary’s Medical Center.

32-year-old Emanuel Austin said he was near NW 2nd Court and NW 19th Avenue when he heard gunshots and started running.

He told police he felt a pain in his stomach and realized that he had been shot. He called his girlfriend who took him to the hospital, according to police.

They say both injuries are not life-threatening.

Investigators later found about 70 shell casings in the road on Northwest 20th Court. They say the weapon used was an assault rifle.

Police say this isn’t the first time someone has been hurt by random gunfire. They say a woman was shot from a falling bullet while sitting on her front porch on July 4th.

Police again urge people not to fire a weapon into the air. They also ask anyone with information about the gunfire on NW 20th Court to call them at 732-8116.

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