Man dies of self-inflicted gunshot wound after shooting woman, boy in suburban Boca Raton

 

BOCA RATON — 

A man who shot and critically injured a woman and a boy at a suburban Boca Raton home Friday night later turned his weapon on himself and died of a self-inflicted gunshot sound, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.

The woman and boy were rushed in critical condition to Delray Medical Center, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. Both are expected to survive, said Teri Barbera, sheriff’s spokeswoman.

The shooting took place shortly after 7 p.m. in the Villa San Ramon neighborhood south of Clint Moore Road and west of Florida’s Turnpike. It apparently followed a domestic dispute, the sheriff’s office said.

The woman, whom neighbors said was about 40 years old, was apparently shot in the leg, while the boy — one of two children at the residence — may have been shot in the abdomen, the sheriff’s office said. The other was not believed to have been harmed.

Both were taken to the hospital as trauma alerts, said Capt. Albert Borroto, Fire Rescue spokesman.

“I’m floored,” said Brenda Silver, who lives near the site of the shooting. “Especially with (it) involving a child. Lately every domestic violence involves a child. I don,t get it. I don’t understand what these parents are doing. … Why hurt an innocent child?”

Silver said she believed she knew the family and never had noticed prior problems at the home before.

“I walk my dog past the house all the time, never hear anything,” Silver said. “It’s a very quiet block, so if something’s going on you’re going to hear it.”

Sabrina Sasson, 20, said she was walking her dogs a little after 7 when she heard a gunshot.

“I knew that that was not anything like a firework,” she said. “It just sounded different to me.”

As she returned home she saw a police helicopter and SWAT units arriving.

Sasson said the family’s two young children — a boy and a girl — would often play outside and come play with her dogs.

Sharon Prager, a neighbor, said the woman fled from the house in an unknown direction and the girl to a neighbor’s house.

“I heard a shot. I thought it was a cherry bomb,” Prager said. “I come out and I hear somebody screaming, ‘Help me! Help me! Somebody, help me!’ “

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