UPDATE: Boynton police ID victim in shooting linked to I-95 event

Updated Feb 08, 2018
Boynton Beach police are investigating a shooting early Wednesday at this Benwater Circle home that may have been done by the same man who shot his girlfriend in Lake Worth later that morning and then was fatally shot by a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy on Interstate 95 near Lantana Road. (Alexandra Seltzer/The Palm Beach Post)

3:00 p.m. Thursday UPDATE: Anthony Panos has lived across Bentwater Circle in Boynton Beach from Anthony Fonti and his family since Fonti was 5 or 6 years old. He said Fonti now lives in the house with at least one roommate.

“He’s a good kid,” Panos said.

Panos and other neighbors who didn’t want to be named said Fonti works on cars in the driveway.

“He’s helped me with my car and my son’s bike,” Panos said.

Neighbors were unsure of how many people Fonti lives with but said they are all friendly and not disruptive.

Panos was nearly asleep when the shooting early Wednesday happened. He said he heard some type of noise that woke him up but he didn’t think anything of it until he heard police pounding on Fonti’s door. He thought the noises could have been from trucks because Fonti’s friends sometimes line their vehicles up on the street.

Many neighbors said they knew Fonti’s father, who died years ago.

Two young women pulled up to the house Thursday and appears to be wearing hospital sticker passes. They declined to comment.

Efforts to reach Fonti for comment also were unsuccessful.

11:30 a.m. Thursday UPDATE: Anthony Fonti was shot in the arm, a friend driving him to a hospital told dispatchers, according a to a Boynton Beach police call log.

The man that he was taking Fonti to JFK Medical Center in Atlantis.

Fonti was shot in front of a residence on Bentwater Circle, east of Congress Avenue and south of Hypoluxo Road, police said.

Police responding to the shooting scene found a .357 shell casing. They also found a revolver casing that possibly was unrelated.

Police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said that while there is “reason to believe” the suspect in the in the shooting was Hugo Steven Selma, the man identified Thursday in the gunman in Wednesday’s PBSO-deputy-involved shooting, she said detectives “still have more work to do” to confirm the connection.

10:30 a.m. Thursday UPDATE: Boynton Beach police have identified the victim in the shooting early Tuesday as Anthony Fonti, 21, of Boynton Beach.

Police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said that while there is “reason to believe” the suspect in the in the shooting was Hugo Steven Selma, the man identified Thursday in the gunman in Wednesday’s PBSO-deputy-involved shooting, she said detectives “still have more work to do” to confirm the connection.

5:15 p.m. UPDATE: Boynton Beach police have confirmed the shooting they investigated early Wednesday is related to the deputy-involved shooting and homicide that ended in a crash on Interstate 95 this morning.

Police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said the gunman in the Boynton Beach case that injured a 21-year-old man is also the suspected one who was shot and killed by a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy on I-95.

Original Story: A 21-year-old man was shot early Wednesday south of Hypoluxo Road, Boynton Beach police said.

A friend drove the man to a hospital for treatment of his non-life threatening injuries.

Detectives have several leads in the shooting that happened shortly after 1 a.m. on Bentwater Circle east of South Congress Avenue.

They still are urging anyone with information to contact police at 561-732-8116 or Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County at 800-458-TIPS (8477).