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Man arrested in connection to 2013 Riviera Beach shooting, police say

November 25, 2015

A man was arrested for his suspected role in a 2013 Riviera Beach shooting, police said.

Kenneth Coleman, 53, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on Saturday.

Police said Coleman and three other men shot at a car full of people in 2013 thinking their targets were involved in a West Palm Beach homicide.

The three men listed as co-defendants in the case were arrested in the months following the shooting. All three had the charges against them dropped by the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office, records show.

The shooting happened on Aug. 6, 2013 in the 1400 block of West 37th Street. Police responded to the area after the city's ShotSpotter — a system that reads acoustics in the air to alert police when shots are fired — went off.

At the scene, they found three men who said they were the targets of the shooting. They denied knowing the shooters, according to the arrest report, but officers thought they did know who shot at them.

A security video on a house near the shooting showed a man with an assault rifle shooting at the men as they get out of their car. The men scatter, according to the report, and point across the street.

The next day, a witness went to the police department.

He told an officer that the shooter seen in the video came from across the street and that there were four people present during the shooting, some of whom also fired a gun, the report states.

Coleman was part of that crew, the witness told police. The witness said the four men told him they were targeting one man specifically, as they thought he was involved in a homicide that killed their friend earlier that year.

The witness thought they were kidding, according to the arrest report, before he saw the arsenal of guns they had inside.

He went to the police but asked to remain anonymous, fearing the men would turn on him if they knew he had come forward.

Coleman is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault with a firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a firearm during a felony. He is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail on $120,000 bail.

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