Three teens made their first appearances in court Thursday after the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrested them in connection with the shooting Wednesday that left one man injured in Lake Worth.
The teens face charges such as burglary and carjacking, but there was no mention of attempted murder as the sheriff’s office originally noted Wednesday. Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge Kathleen Kroll ruled all three teens will be held on secure detention as they await later court dates and for further charges to be filed.
The State Attorney’s Office has 21 days to decide whether the cases will remain in juvenile court.
The Palm Beach Post is not releasing their names because they have not been charged as adults for the alleged crimes.
The three teens live in the care of one guardian, but it’s unclear their direct relation to each other. In court Thursday, the guardian told Kroll there were some issues in the home and she was scared “something worse will happen.”
“I love my children with all my heart, and I don’t want anything to happen to any of them,” she said.
On Wednesday morning, sheriff’s deputies taped off an area around a Burger King on North Dixie Highway and a second location on the 1600 block of South Federal Highway as they investigated a shooting. Deputies said the shooting appeared to have happened at the Burger King and that the man who was injured drove off and was found nearby on Federal Highway.
The man who was shot and taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach has not been identified.
Further details about what may have led to the shooting or the condition of the man who was injured were not provided. The probable-cause affidavits in the case were unavailable as of Thursday evening.
Staff writer Olivia Hitchcock contributed to this story.