Delray Beach Police and U.S. Marshals arrested a man they say is connected to a shooting that sent a 5-year-old girl and two others to the hospital Sunday.

 

Delray Police: Man connected with Sunday’s shooting arrested

Delray Beach Police and U.S. Marshals arrested a man they say is connected to a shooting that sent a 5-year-old girl and two others to the hospital Sunday.

Lonnetris Durham, 18, was arrested on a previous warrant for another shooting last week near the same address as Sunday’s shooting. Details about the incident he was arrested for were not immediately available.

Durham was found in an Extended Stay Motel in Boca Raton with two other people, guns and drugs, according to police.

An ongoing dispute between two families is believed to be the motive behind Sunday’s shooting. Since May, Delray Beach police have responded to 11 shootings that investigators believe were retaliatory strikes between two families. Both families live in the community, police said.

On Monday, police identified Durham as a person of interest in Sunday’s shooting. Investigators did not directly tie Durham to Sunday’s shootings, but believe he targeted the same family during a shooting incident last week, said Sgt. Nicole Guerriero, spokeswoman for Delray Beach police.

On Sunday, officers responded around 9:30 p.m. to reports of shots fired on the 1100 block of Northwest First Street. Three people, including a 5-year-old girl, were hit, police said. However, their injuries were not life-threatening and the girl was treated and released from the hospital Monday morning, police said. Guerriero did not know if the other two remained in the hospital.

A second shooting happened several minutes later on the 400 block of Southwest 15th Terrace. No one was injured in the incident, police said. Police were still trying to determine whether the two shootings were related.

In July, police, clergy members and both families were brought together to try and find a compromise.

Durham has been arrested previously for robbery with a firearm, assault with a deadly weapon and damaging propery.

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