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By Chris Stewart

RIVIERA BEACH, FL (WFLX) - The suspect in Monday's Riviera Beach shooting rampage, 18-year-old Tavis Deon Wilson, has turned himself over to police.

Update, TUE 10 PM: According to officials at the Riviera Beach Police Department, Wilson surrendered to the Palm Beach County Jail earlier this evening.

Previously: Broadway is open again at Blue Heron Boulevard south to East 20th Street in Riviera Beach after a gunman shot at police as he tried to flee from them, police say.

Police say the incident began unfolding around 7:44 a.m. Monday when they received a tip a man was sleeping in a car at a gas station in the 2500 block of Broadway. Police say the caller told them there was a gun on the passenger side of the vehicle.

Before they woke up the man, officers decided to put down 'stop sticks' in case the driver tried to escape.

They say the man did try and drive off and began firing at them. "We hear the bullets flying and whizzing through us. I start blowing the horn so the traffic can go back," said Louis Rodriguez.

Police say the gunman crashed the car in the 2400 block of Broadway, unsuccessfully tried to carjack a vehicle and then ran south on Broadway.

One witness said thirty to forty gunshots could be heard. "Right when they started shooting, I just ran, and I just hid behind a police car because there was a lot of shots," said Vincent Escobar.

Police say the man they are looking for is a young black male and was wearing black shorts and should be considered armed and dangerous.

The vehicle that crashed is a rental car, but there is not a rental agreement with the vehicle, according to police.

Investigators are not releasing the rental company information right now, but say the car was not stolen. 

No officers or civilians were hurt. 

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is assisting Riviera Beach police

Police are looking at video surveillance footage to help them identify the gunman.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Riviera Beach Police at (561) 845-4123 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS.

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