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Shooting at school was "targeted act" between adult individuals: deputies

PBSO, pricipal call shooting at school a "targeted act" (WPEC)

The shooting at Palm Beach Central High School Friday night was a "targeted act of violence between adult individuals," according to authorities.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office stressed at a press conference Saturday afternoon that the shooting was not a school shooting, but rather a targeted shooting between people who had past bad dealings with each other.

The PBSO Violent Crimes Division will be leading the investigation and working with the PBC School Board Police.

PBSO Sheriff Ric Bradshaw says it is safe for students to go back to school, adding that there will be increased security on campus and counselors for students if they need it.

Both victims are from West Palm Beach, PBSO says. One of the victims, a 39-year-old black male, is in stable condition at the hospital. The other victim, a 29-year-old black male, is in critical but stable condition. Deputies will be interviewing the two victims to find the suspects.

Suspects have been described as black males and both carrying handguns, according to PBSO. One has been described as being in his late teens to early twenties and six feet tall.

Principal Darren Edgecomb also described the shooting as a "targeted act of violence between adult individuals" in a voicemail left to parents.

Edgecomb also said there will be more security added to campus on Monday in order to make students feel safe.


Here is the voicemail in full:

Good Afternoon Parents,
This is Darren Edgecomb, Principal at Palm Beach Central High School calling with some important updates from last night’s football game.
The Sheriff’s Office and School Police have confirmed that last night’s shooting was a targeted act of violence between adult individuals. Two adult males were transported to local hospitals. At this time, it does not appear the adult males have any association to Palm Beach Central High School students or staff.
The Sheriff’s Office and School Police are expected to hold a media briefing today at 4:30 and at that time we should learn more about the status of the investigation.
I would like to personally thank our students and everyone in attendance for their quick reaction to the sound of shots fired and the manner in which the Bronco family took care of one another to exit the stadium as quickly and as safely as possible.
The event was frightening for everyone but I am proud at the sound judgement demonstrated by all in attendance as the emergency unfolded.
I will remain in constant contact with School Police today and will update you as I am able with any new information about last night’s events. While we do not believe the individuals involved are associated with the school, we will have additional security on campus on Monday to ensure students feel safe throughout the day.
Tomorrow, all high school principals will be meeting with the Superintendent and School Police to review in detail the events of last night and determine what additional protocols will be necessary moving forward.
Again, crisis counseling is available to all Palm Beach County School district students, parents and staff impacted by last night’s events at Wellington High School until 3:00 today.
There were students from all over the county in attendance last night and this counseling is also open to them.
I will update you with an additional call and information tomorrow prior to student arrival on school Monday.

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