An 18-year-old is accused of firing multiple shots at a 15-year-old last week.
BELLE GLADE — A teenager faces an attempted murder charge after reportedly shooting at three people last week outside a Belle Glade market.
Witness say that Rodney King, Jr., 18, fired multiple shots at about 3 p.m. Aug. 27 outside Bobby’s Market on Southwest Sixth Street and later posted about the shooting on Instagram.
Authorities arrested the Belle Glade teen late Thursday. He is being held in the West Detention Center in lieu of $125,000 bail.
On Friday, a judge ordered he have no contact with the 15-year-old he allegedly shot at or with Glades Central High School.
Palm Beach County sheriff’s records indicate that the shooting followed multiple fights between two groups of boys. A witness said the most recent confrontation was earlier that day when the 15-year-old whom King allegedly targeted in the shooting beat King in a fight.
King reportedly told the 15-year-old, “I’m coming back.”
Minutes later, he did. Witnesses said that King and his 14-year-old brother showed up on bicycles.
King fired at least six rounds at the 15-year-old who was outside the market with two friends, records state.
No one was injured in the shooting, although four bullets hit the market.
Shortly afterward, King was heard on a live Instagram video saying, “I had y’all running through the alley when I pulled it out,” according to deputies.
Days later, he posted a video of himself with the gun witnesses described as the one he fired Aug. 27.
King cannot own a gun until his 24th birthday due to previous convictions of throwing a deadly missile, theft and criminal mischief.
He and his younger brother also are facing charges for reportedly burglarizing a car in July in a Wellington neighborhood. The details of the 14-year-old’s arrest were not immediately available, although court records indicate that the case against King remains open.
While waiting to be taken to a jail following that July arrest, King reportedly threatened officers, telling a sheriff’s corporal, “I’m going to make your heart stop after I stab you in your chest, you fat (expletive).”
The state has not formally charged him in that case.