Palm Bay Police Detectives Arrest Three Suspects in Drive-By BB Gun Shootings
By Space Coast Daily // July 8, 2021
Palm Bay police detectives located black SUV, confessions were obtained from all suspects
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Palm Bay police detectives have arrested two juvenile males and a 20-year-old man in connection with several drive-by BB gun shootings in Palm Bay and West Melbourne since mid-June.
Arrested were 20-year-old Kareem Jackson, along with the 16 year-old and 17-year old juveniles.
According to Palm Bay Police Lt. Jeff Spears, on June 14 a citizen riding his bike on Minton Road near the intersection of Malabar Road called police stating he had been struck in the leg with what appeared to be projectiles from a BB gun out of a dark colored SUV. The citizen received minor injuries.
The second reported incident happened on June 29 when a lawn crew working in the area of Bayside Lakes described getting shot at with BB guns while a black Ford Expedition drove by.
A second victim that was walking in the area was also struck in the neck and head area. Both of those victims received non-life threatening injuries.
“Detectives with the Major Case Unit began an investigation into these similar incidents,” said Lt. Spears.
On July 1, the West Melbourne Police Department received complaints of a black Ford Expedition shooting and striking two victims in Hammock Landings.
“On July 6, investigators were able to identify a possible suspect vehicle,” said Lt. Spears.
“While researching the possible suspect vehicle from the previous incidents, investigators obtained a tag and were able to confirm the vehicle being associated with the shooting incidents.”
Also on July 6, another citizen was struck with a BB gun in the southeast section of Palm Bay. That victim also described a black Ford Expedition as being the vehicle that struck him. That victim received minor injuries.
On Wednesday, Palm Bay police detectives were able to locate the black Ford Expedition and confessions were obtained from all three suspects, including an incident in Indialantic’s jurisdiction.
“The suspects were arrested and a search warrant was executed on the black Ford Expedition with multiple BB guns being recovered,” said Lt. Spears.