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Lawrence William Modena

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Police have identified the shooter and the man who was shot in a parking lot near Home Depot.

The man who later died at 10:45 a.m. at Delray Medical Center is Lawrence William Modena. Modena, 41, of Deerfield Beach, was shot in the right side of the head and multiple times in the upper body, said Boynton Beach Police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater.

The man who allegedly shot him is 54-year-old William Paul Dabbs of Delray Beach. He was shot multiple times in the upper body and was also taken to Delray Medical Center where he is in stable condition. Although a Boynton Beach Police officer did fire a gun, police say they don't know yet if Dabbs was shot by the officer or if the wounds are self-inflicted.

Slater said Dabbs faces felony charges including homicide, felony fleeing and eluding, and aggravated assault on a police officer.

The incident began just before 10 a.m. today when Boynton Beach police received a call about a man in a black Lexus who was shot numerous times in the parking lot of the Home Depot at 1500 S.W. Eighth St., near Woolbright Road.

The caller said the man who fired the shots got into a white Chevy van and drove away.

Shortly after, police officers spotted the van traveling northbound on Interstate 95 and began to chase it at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour, Slater said.

The van crashed into two other vehicles on I-95 before exiting at Lantana Road and traveling east to Federal Highway, where it turned south.

Slater said officers were already in position on Federal, so the van stopped in front of the Lantana Village Square.

A Boynton Beach police officer approached the van and found one man inside. There was also a handgun in the van, Slater said, but she did not know if the suspect was holding the gun.

The officer fired his gun, but Slater said it was unclear if the suspect was wounded by the officer.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the car crashes in I-95. There is no immediate information regarding any injuries.

Federal Highway has been closed in both directions between Central Boulevard and Hypoluxo Road.

Maggie DaSilva, 29, and Kay Kramer, 42 were working at the SportCuts hair salon alongside the Home Depot parking lot when the man was shot.

One of their customers left the store after getting his hair cut and called to let the women know not to go outside because police were there. They opened the shop's back door and saw a white man, possibly in his 30s, slumped over in the black Lexus.

"He was shot through the neck. There was blood on his side. He was shaking," DaSilva said.

She said she couldn't help but cry.

"I didn't hear an argument. I didn't hear tires screeching," she said. But she did hear a gunshot before that around 9:30 a.m., but didn't know then what it was.

Next door, 27-year-old Florin Lleshi said he opened his restaurant, Nini's Pizza and Italian Cuisine, around 10 or 10:30 a.m.

"It's a quiet area if you ever want to meet up with someone this is the perfect place," he said. He added that cars park behind his store often and he also sees people meet up with others and never knows what they're doing.

"It happens every day," said 42-year-old Richard Bryan who works at the restaurant. "It's not surprising."
Published in The Palm Beach Post on Oct. 27, 2011
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