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Suspected gunman arrested in fatal Boynton Beach shooting

Posted at 7:28 PM, Nov 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-30 15:25:10-05

Boynton Beach police said they have arrested a man in connection with a fatal shooting Wednesday evening on Northwest 12th Avenue. 

Samuel Barber III, 33, of Greenacres is charged with second-degree murder. 

Police said Barber shot Kunta Riddick, 40, following a fight in the 409 block of Northwest 12th Ave. He then drove himself to the police department to speak with detectives, where he claimed he had to shoot Riddick in self-defense. 

Statements from witnesses determined that Barber was the aggressor and he shot Riddick in the back while the man was face down on the ground.

The suspect and the victim are well connected, both their families have known each other for a very long time, said Barber's sister, Samantha.

“It’s sad, I mean we all grew up together. I just feel like nobody wins in this situation," Samantha Barber said.

In September, police arrested Kunta Riddick's brother Kelcey Riddick. Riddick is accused of killing Barber's brother Dereck.

A judge denied bond for Barber when he made his first appearance in court Thursday morning.