- By Hannah Winston Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Riviera Beach police believe the person who shot one man in the stomach is the same person who shot another in the hip and two in the head — leaving one dead — on Feb. 23, according to court documents. But a week after the gunfire, police continue to search for the shooter.
Newly released court documents provide more details into the events that left 28-year-old William Burgess II dead and three others injured in the National Village community, off Blue Heron Boulevard and North Congress Avenue.
On Feb. 23, officers were on the 2000 block of West Blue Heron Boulevard when they heard multiple gunshots, according to a search warrant.
When officers got closer to the National Village community where they heard the shots, an officer noticed a gold Chevrolet Malibu with a passenger who was bleeding from his head. Officers followed the vehicle and stopped it on North Congress Avenue, just north of 45th Street. The man bleeding took off running to JFK Hospital North.
That man, as well as another who was shot in the hip and in another vehicle, were treated at the hospital and detained for questioning, according to police.
When police went back to the neighborhood, they found another man shot to death in the driver’s seat of a black Toyota Camry on the 2700 block of West 28th Street. He was later identified as Burgess.
Video surveillance in the area shows a black Nissan Maxima pulling up to the driveway of a home on the 2700 block of West 28th Street where several men were inside an open garage. At some point, the driver and two others exited the car and went inside the garage.
Eventually, the driver got back in the Nissan and drove off alone. Burgess then pulled up to the same home in the black Toyota and appeared to be involved in a “street level narcotic sale,” according to the court document.
Soon after, the Nissan appeared back on the street and pulled up next to the Toyota’s passenger side door, police said. The driver of the Nissan shot through the Toyota’s passenger window and drove off.
Burgess was shot in the head and two others were injured, according to police.
Those in the garage ran out, none checking on Burgess, police noted. Two other men were shot in the hip and the head. It’s unclear where those two men were at the time of the shooting.
One man, who police say was involved in the drug deal moments before the shooting and was the last to speak with Burgess, is seen on video surveillance dumping something into a nearby garbage can. Detectives later discovered it was a bag of pills and marijuana.
Police wrote in the narrative that the shooter in the Nissan was connected to another shooting in the neighborhood earlier that day. According to the court document, another man was driven to St. Mary’s Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the stomach.
“It is imperative to be noted this exact Nissan Maxima and driver were involved in another shooting that occurred,” officers wrote.
Once the search warrant was executed, officers found ammunition, drugs, DNA and a gray sweater at the residence where the shooting happened.
Police did not release any motive in the shooting or provide the name of the possible shooter.
Burgess is one of 18 confirmed homicides in Palm Beach County this year, according to a Palm Beach Post database. He is the second reported homicide in Riviera Beach this year.
Anyone information is asked to contact Riviera Beach Police at 561-845-4123 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS (8477.)
Staff writer Olivia Hitchcock contributed to this story.