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Man shot on Sapodilla Avenue in West Palm Beach

One person shot at Sapodilla and N. 6th Street in West Balm Beach. (WPEC)

Gunshots rang out in broad daylight Monday afternoon, just one block from a local community center where children play everyday.

Now a man is in the hospital following a shooting in West Palm Beach.

According to West Palm Beach Police, the shooting happened at 1:30 p.m. at 6th Street and North Sapodilla Avenue.

The victim, who has not been identified, is being treated for non life-threatening injuries at the hospital.

Investigators believe the victim was targeted in the shooting, which happened two blocks from the Salvation Army Northwest Community Center, where kids attend after school programs.

The shooting happened less than a mile and a half from where a 21-year-old man was killed late last week.

“As soon as I got up there I heard pop pop pop,” Edward Battle said.

The sounds of gunshots sent Battle ducking for cover.

“I ran where they are building the houses because I didn't know which way the bullets were coming from,” he said.

Evidence markers on the ground and a large puddle of blood indicate the shooting happened right outside a store in the neighborhood.

“Bullets don't have a name on it,” Sylvia Sharps said.

Sharps said she works directly with the children in the neighborhood who attend the after school program at the Salvation Army Northwest Community Center.

“Neighborhoods shouldn't have children in it that know more about how many people in their family got shot then they know about how to say their ABC’s,” she said.

Sharps said she worries one day one of the neighborhood kids will end up hurt or even killed.

Battle hopes police put an end to the violence sooner rather than later.

“A whole lot needs to change," he said. "We need to get these guys off the street because its creating problems for people living in the community."

Police have no suspects in custody.

Call Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS if you have any information. You will remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward if your tip leads to an arrest.

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