Two arrested, one dead after Clematis shooting, car crash

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - One man is dead and two men are in police custody after a shooting in West Palm Beach Sunday night that ended in a car crash on Clematis Street.

Arthur Lopez, 23, was rushed to St. Mary's Medical Center after being shot on Sapodilla and 2nd Street around 7 p.m.

Lopez was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Police say they spotted two men traveling in a black Jeep near the location of the shooting.

The men fled, but officers chased them throughout the downtown area, according to a West Palm Beach police spokesperson.

The jeep eventually crashed at the intersection of Rosemary and Clematis Street -- right across the street from the West Palm Beach Police Department.

Investigators say the men in the jeep fled on foot, but were later caught. "They're being questioned, it doesn't mean they're under arrest or that we're naming them suspects either," said Capt. David Bernhardt.

Witnesses who saw the crash on Clematis say they hope the situation doesn't tarnish the reputation of the popular street.

Maurice Costigan saw the police chase unfold. "The fact that they ended up here has nothing to do with Clematis Street," Costigan said. "The bigger thing here is that you have kids shooting kids. That's the problem."

Detectives haven't released the names of the two men being detained.

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