BELLE GLADE, FL (WFLX) - Palm Beach County Sheriff's detectives are pleading for the community's help in finding those responsible for five shootings in Belle Glade and Pahokee Tuesday night. The shootings took place in a span of just more than an hour and a half. One of the shooting victims died.
Updated, THU 9 AM: On Southwest 8th Street in Belle Glade, a cross, stuffed toys, flowers and balloons mark the spot where 21-year-old Desroy Lowe was shot Tuesday night. The Sheriff's Office says Lowe was shot several times from behind. He died later at Delray Medical Center.
"He was a good guy," said Sikina Carswell, Lowe's sister, moments after tying balloons to the shrine for her brother. "He was a good uncle, and his nieces and his nephews will miss him. They want to be a man? They didn't even have to kill my brother like that."
The Sheriff's Office says Lowe's mother heard the shots and looked into the street where she saw a man kicking her son. She said the man wore white and had dread locks tied with rubber bands. So far detectives do not know who the man is.
Just 20 minutes after Lowe was gunned down on 8th Street, two blocks away there was more gunfire. Twenty-year-old Timothy Davis and 23-year-old Latravis Torrence were both hit and flown to St. Marys Medical Center. Their wounds were minor.
The first shooting of the evening took place around 9:40 at a housing authority complex on Belle Glade's south side. Seventeen-year-old Tyrone Odom told deputies he heard shots and started to run before taking a bullet in the head. The round lodged between skin and skull, without penetrating the skull. He will also be okay.
The shooting in Pahokee happened about 10:30 on Cypress Avenue. Nineteen-year-old Willie Cleveland says shots from a white Ford Crown Victoria hit him in the hip. He too will be alright.
The Sheriff's Office says detectives have spoken to all four gunshot victims who survived. None of them was able to identify the men who shot them.
"Five people in one night, the police need to step up," said Shirley Rumph-Smith, a friend of the family of murder victim Desroy Lowe. Rumph's own nephew was killed June 16. That case remains unsolved, too.
"The Sheriff's department, they do what they can, but they don't do enough," said Gary Rolle, who's among those who believe Belle Glade was better off with its own city police department. The decision to go with the Sheriff's Office two years ago stirred controversy and divided the town.
Mayor Steve Wilson says he's also stunned by the shootings, but says the Sheriff's Office has more resources than the city could ever have on its own. He is requesting the Sheriff's Office do more community policing. "We all agree community policing is one of the key components," said the mayor. The city is now negotiating a new contract with the Sheriff's Office.
Spokeswoman Terri Barbera told Fox 29 the Sheriff's Office desperately wants to work with the community, but needs the public's help solving these crimes.
Previously: One person is dead and four others injured after three different shootings in Belle Glade overnight.
The Palm Beach County Task Force wants to know if the shootings are related.
The first happened at around 9:40 Tuesday night on Roosevelt Street in Belle Glade. The second around 10:30 p.m. at Cypress and Pahokee. Then, a third, at MLK and Belle Glade.
It was the shooting on MLK Boulevard where the one man died. All the others went to Glades General Hospital, Delray and St. Mary's for treatment. No word on their conditions.