An 18-year-old Riviera Beach man is being held without bond after he allegedly broke up a fight Saturday between two groups of girls by shooting a 26-year-old woman involved in the fracas, according to an arrest report.
Raymond G. Johnson is facing charges of attempted second-degree murder and tampering with evidence.
The woman was shot in the leg and buttocks and taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center. Her condition was not available.
The shooting was preceded by a fight between two teenage girls at a recreation center on the 1400 block of West 10th Street, witnesses said. One of the girls fighting was Johnson’s 15-year-old sister.
“The two were fighting over a disagreement on Facebook,” according to the arrest report.
The fight escalated into a brawl involving two groups of mostly teenage girls.
The victim told Riviera Beach police she became involved in the brawl then was shot by Johnson from a distance of about 5 feet, the report said.
One witness said Johnson fired a few shots in the air before turning the gun on the woman.
Johnson first denied possessing or using a gun, but later told detectives he fired shots from a .45-caliber Glock handgun in self-defense, the report said. Six .45-caliber shell casings were found at the scene of the shooting. Johnson said that when his sister began fighting, an unidentified male pointed a gun and fired shots in his direction. Only .45-caliber casings were found, the report notes.
Johnson told police he threw the gun into the ocean from the Blue Heron Bridge.