Palm Bay Police Detectives Arrest Two Suspects on Murder Charges in Fatal Christmas Eve Shooting

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Since the early morning hours on Christmas Eve, detectives have continued to work tirelessly to identify those responsible for the shooting death of 33-year-old Tyler McCoullough of Palm Bay. Palm Bay police detectives, with the Major Case Unit, identified two alleged shooters – Hunter Oswiecinski, 17, and Toby Gamble Jr., 23, both of Melbourne – and obtain arrest warrants for both.

BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Since the early morning hours on Christmas Eve, detectives have continued to work tirelessly to identify those responsible for the shooting death of 33-year-old Tyler McCoullough of Palm Bay.

Palm Bay police detectives, with the Major Case Unit, arrested two alleged shooters – Hunter Oswiecinski, 17, and Toby Gamble Jr., 23, both of Melbourne – and obtain arrest warrants for both.

“Today, detectives, along with members of our Crime Suppression Unit, Special Investigations Unit, and Brevard County Sheriff’s Office GAMEOVER Task Force located both individuals and took them into custody,” said Palm Bay Police Lt. Jeff Spears.

Lt. Spears said both suspects have been charged with 1st-degree premeditated murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The case began when Palm Bay police detectives began the investigation of the homicide that occurred during the early morning hours of December 24, 2020.

According to a police report, officers responded to the area of Forest Knoll Drive and Tree Ridge Lane after receiving calls about shots being heard.

Upon arrival on the scene, patrol officers discovered McCoullough had been shot multiple times. He was then transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased by medical staff.

This case remains open and anyone with information is urged to contact Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS (8477) or call the Palm Bay Police Department at 321-952-3456.

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