- By Olivia Hitchcock Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
A Boynton Beach man faces an attempted homicide charge for shooting a 15-year-old who was driving his cousin’s stolen car in December, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office records state.
Qei’Antai Herring, 23, and his cousin stayed at the shooting scene Dec. 3 near Hypoluxo and appear to have cooperated with the investigation.
Herring told sheriff’s investigators that someone stole his cousin’s Nissan Altima while it was parked in front of Herring’s Boynton Beach home. It’s unclear when the car was stolen.
Before completing a stolen vehicle report with Boynton Beach police, Herring said he and his cousin decided to look for the car themselves. They found it Dec. 3 southwest of the Hypoluxo Scrub Natural Area at Overlook and Peak roads, about a mile north of Herring’s home.
Multiple people were inside the stolen Altima, Herring said. He and his cousin got out of their car and asked someone nearby whether they knew those people. He didn’t.
Herring immediately started shooting at the Altima, he said. The car sped off west on Peak Road and crashed into two vehicles.
Authorities found nine shell casings near the intersection. Herring, who authorities say had a valid concealed weapons permit, said he shot at them because they were stealing his property. He gave investigators his gun.
The staff at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach called authorities about a 15-year-old who was shot in the leg. Investigators learned the young teen was driving the stolen Altima when Herring started shooting.
Charges were filed against Herring on Friday, court records show, and he was booked Wednesday into the Palm Beach County Jail. Herring is expected to make his first appearance Thursday morning before a judge on the charges. He does not appear to have a criminal history in Palm Beach County.