Man on scooter shot, killed in Melbourne, police say

Authorities are currently investigating a deadly shooting that occurred in Melbourne early Tuesday morning.

The victim, identified as Keyeon Rashad Roberson, 28, of Palm Bay, was found dead next to his crashed gas-powered scooter around 12:30 a.m. in the area of Grant and Ryoland streets. Paramedics attempted to revive Roberson but were unable to do so.

At the same time, 911 calls were reporting shots fired in the area. A witness, who asked not to be named, described hearing gunshots and seeing a figure fleeing the scene shortly thereafter.

"It all happened so fast. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing," the witness stated.

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Roberson's family is still in shock over the death of the father of two young daughters and has taken to social media to seek answers.

"At first, I didn’t believe it until we got to the crime scene, and I seen the body on the ground," said Roberson's sister, Tasha. "But you never know until you actually hear the coroner speak and say that it really is your loved one." 

Keyeon Rashad Roberson

She described her brother as being the life of the party, charming and outgoing. 

"He’ll give you the shirt off his back," she added.

Authorities have released a description of the suspect based on witness accounts. He is described as a man approximately six feet tall who was wearing a dark hoodie and jeans at the time of the incident.


As residents in the area have expressed their concerns about safety, the Melbourne Police Department has increased patrols in the area and set up a tip line for anyone who might have information related to the case.

Anyone with information is asked to call 321-608-6731 or Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS (8477).