Boynton Beach police appeal to public for clues in fatal Christmas shooting

Susannah Bryan, South Florida Sun Sentinel

A Christmas Day shooting that left one dead and four injured has Boynton Beach homicide detectives appealing to the public for help solving the case.

The sound of gunfire pierced the air shortly before 10:30 p.m. Friday night in the 200 block of Northwest 10th Avenue, not far from Sara Sims Park, north of Boynton Beach Boulevard between Interstate 95 and Federal Highway.

As of Sunday, police had released few details about the shooting, including what might have been the motive or whether the shooter knew the victims.

“Our detectives are following several leads,” said Stephanie Slater, a spokeswoman for the Boynton Beach Police Department. “We’re asking people to come forward. There are ways they can give tips anonymously.“

Police did not release the names of the victims on Sunday, citing Marsy’s privacy law.

“My prayers go out to the families of the victims,” Police Chief Michael G. Gregory said in a Friday night post on the department’s Facebook page. “This senseless violence will not be accepted in our community. We ask the public to help with information to bring the perpetrators to justice.”

Anyone with information about Friday night’s fatal shooting can call the police department at 561-732-8116, or Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County at 800-458-TIPS (8477). Tips can be submitted anonymously to both numbers.

Susannah Bryan can be reached at or 954-356-4554