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POLICE INVESTIGATE DRIVE-BY GEL GUN ATTACK IN SEVEN BRIDGES DELRAY BEACH

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TEENS ALLEGEDLY SHOT AT BY SOMEONE IN WHITE BMW SUV…

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BY: SEVEN BRIDGES BUREAU | BocaNewsNow.com

DELRAY BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Crime continues to rise again in the West Delray Beach community of Seven Bridges where the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office responded Sunday to the report of a drive-by “Gel Gun” attack. Make no mistake: Gel Guns — which shoot a gel-like capsule — can be violent and cause significant injury. Several teens have been arrested in Florida for firing Gel Guns or “Orbeez” Guns at people. A teen in Volusia County was charged with a felony.

BocaNewsNow.com obtained the following police narrative of the alleged Seven Bridges attack: “On 10/02/2022, at approximately 6 pm, Deputies responded to 16700 block of Matisse Dr (Seven Bridges), located in unincorporated Delray Beach in reference to a delayed Battery. Upon arrival it was determined that three individuals were shot with gel pellets from a toy gun between 9 pm and 10 pm on 10/1/2022. All three individuals were walking in the neighborhood when a white SUV pulled up next to them and individually shot them with the gel pellets. All three victims were only able to advise that the vehicle was a white SUV(possibly BMW). No injuries were reported on the date of this report. All individuals stated they were unable to obtain the license plate number as well as any physical descriptions of the individual(s) who shot them with the pellets. No witnesses on scene. At this time no suspect information exists.”

The ebb and flow of crime in one of South Florida’s most notorious communities is flowing again over, under, and through all Seven Bridges. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office reports multiple car thefts in the gated community over the past several weeks — almost always at homes where homeowners left key fobs in their unlocked cars. In another crime that remains under investigation, a homeowner claims a masked man was found in his garage next to his Rolls Royce. The man fled into a waiting getaway car. It’s unclear how the car got into the community.

Seven Bridges, now seven years, old, continues to have no “traffic enforcement agreement” with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office which would result in increased patrols. Under Palm Beach County code, Deputies can not patrol a gated community for moving violations without a TEA in place. Without the TEA, Deputies are not incentivized to spend extra time in a community. PBSO sources say law enforcement leadership is “extremely frustrated” with members of the Seven Bridges Board of Directors who seem “unwilling” to cede security matters to professional law enforcement.

“We have meetings whenever something happens,” said a law enforcement source. “They talk about arming their security guards. They have people who claim to be security experts. But they don’t talk about taking simple steps to get professional law enforcement officers into the community. It seems like they don’t want police patrolling the neighborhoods. That means all we can do is react.”

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