Delray Beach police arrested a 19-year-old in connection with Monday’s shooting that ended outside Spady Elementary School.
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - Delray Beach police arrested a 19-year-old in connection with Monday’s shooting that ended outside Spady Elementary School.
Jashaun Harper of Delray Beach is facing charges of attempted murder, grand theft auto, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
The shooting Monday left a 27-year-old man and a baby injured. Police are still looking for another suspect.
Interim Delray Beach Police Chief Mary Olsen said Harper’s arrest is a win for the city.
“His arrest is going to be essential for us to stopping the gun violence between these two factions,” said Olsen.
Olsen said the department believes Harper is associated with a family feud that is responsible for nearly 50 shootings in the city.
“Each and every time it is another possible innocent person hurt,” she said.
Olsen said some gun violence will be reduced with Harper’s arrest but they still need help.
Timothy Boykin said he wants to try and help.
“When innocent people are getting shot, it is time to step up to the plate,” said Boykin.
Boykin is an ex-convict and went to prison for murder. He is planning a “Vision of Peace” march for next week. “I am sorry for what I have done, please forgive and heal from my mistake,”
Boykin said he is sorry because his actions set an example in Delray. “We were a part of the problem because we made it look good.”
Boykin is calling on community members to come together, “So old gangsters get up, and stand up, and let's tell these kids to leave foolishness alone.”
His march will be next Tuesday at 6 p-m in Pompey Park. Delray Beach police will also be holding a community conversation about gun violence Thursday at 7 p-m in Pompey Park.