Police: Person of interest in custody after 3 men killed in 2 unrelated shootings in Palm Bay

PALM BAY, Fla. — A person of interest was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon after three people were killed in a pair of unrelated shootings, the Palm Bay Police Department said.

Police said they were called shortly before 12:45 a.m. to Northview Street Northeast after gunfire was heard. They said they discovered the bodies of two men -- ages 21 and 23 -- about a block away from one another.

Investigators said they believe the men shot fatally shot one another. They said they discovered evidence at the scene that suggests that the shooting was drug-related.


Police said they seek to question a person of interest in Jacksonville in that case, but they are not looking for a suspect.

Shortly after 2:30 a.m., a 61-year-old man was discovered fatally shot in a vehicle at Agora Circle Southeast, police said. They said they believe that shooting happened shortly before 1:15 a.m. and was unrelated to the first shooting.

Investigators said a manhunt was underway near Hickory Ave Northeast and Lichty Street in Palm Bay for a person of interest in connection to the second shooting after the victim's car was discovered.

Watch the police chief speak about the shootings below:

They said the man was wanted for running from the police and that he was taken into custody at a home on Crown Boulevard in Melbourne.

Police said Palm Bay Elementary School was placed on lockdown during the manhunt, but it has since been lifted.

Check back and watch Channel 9 Eyewitness News for live updates on this developing story.

See the location of the first shooting below:

See the location of the second shooting below: