Gardens Mall: Just 10 days after a shooting in the parking lot, the mall had another incident which required heavy police presence.
At 5 p.m. on Monday, Palm Beach Gardens Police were called to investigate a fight in the Saks Fifth Avenue area of the Gardens Mall parking lot.
Three individuals were reportedly fighting inside a vehicle. The people were not from Palm Beach Gardens, but agreed to meet in the Mall’s parking lot as a place to conduct the alleged gun sale.
Although details were scare, police were able to determine that the alleged gun sale somehow “went bad,” which led to the altercation.
According to reports, at least two people involved fled by entering the mall and exiting through the other side, where they possibly met a waiting vehicle. Police believe all of the involved parties knew each other.
The incident at the popular mall during the busy holiday shopping season could have been volatile, but thankfully there were no shots fired, no reports of injuries, no one was taken into police custody.
Palm Beach Gardens Police did not order a lock down of the mall, but some stores voluntarily placed themselves on lock down. Posts from shoppers waiting inside storage rooms and bathrooms began posting to social media shortly after the news circulated through the mall.
Monday’s incident follows a shooting which occurred in the mall’s parking on November 17. There were no injuries documented.
The shooting incident reportedly began in the mall’s food court where one individual punched another.
A 23-year-old man, Dimitri Andrew Virginia, was arrested as the alleged shooter.
Jamel Mechon Roseau, 21, is facing one charge of battery while Virginia is pending charges of aggravated assault with a weapon, shooting into an occupied vehicle, and discharging a firearm in public.
According to his statement, Virginia said “the two of them had differences in the past over drug rip-offs involving unnamed acquaintances of them both.”