A suburban West Palm Beach man is facing an attempted murder charge following a December shooting at a condominium complex off Melaleuca Lane.
Circuit Court Judge Ted Booras on Friday morning ordered Donnell Harris, 32, held without bail at the Palm Beach County Jail. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrested him early Friday on charges that also include attempted burglary with a firearm and aggravated assault with a firearm.
The shooting took place on the night of Dec. 9 at Oak Terrace, a community off Melaleuca Lane east of Jog Road, according to a probable-cause affidavit made public Friday morning.
A resident told investigators he was startled by “an emphatic and thunderous knock” at the door, followed by two armed and masked men forcing their way into the condominium.
The resident said he fired three shots at the men, hitting at least one of them before they fled the scene in a white Ford SUV, the report said.
Harris denied being at the site of the shooting when they questioned him Dec. 10. He told investigators he had been smoking crack in Lantana and that a cousin had dropped him off on Haverhill Road, where he was attacked by two masked and armed men. He sustained a hand injury and ended up at JFK Medical Center, where another man believed to be involved in the incident was taken after being shot in the leg. The second man had not been arrested as of Friday morning.
The report offered no motive for the investigation. It said the condominium had a “strong odor of marijuana” and contained a rifle, a semiautomatic handgun, marijuana pipes and drug paraphernalia.