Youth football coach fatally shot in front of team in Fort Lauderdale

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - A youth football coach was gunned down moments after football practice ended at Mills Pond Park in Fort Lauderdale, Thursday night.

Fort Lauderdale police said shots rang out in the parking lot of the field, at around 8:45 p.m. The victim, 43-year-old Dave Williams, who was a coach with the Fort Lauderdale Hurricanes youth football team as recently as last year, died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

Police did not say whether Williams was coaching on Thursday night when he was killed.

The shooter has not been found or identified.

“We received calls of a shooting and a black male, adult, was the victim,” said Fort Lauderdale Police Detective Tracy Figone. “He was shot multiple times by a suspect. All we know on the suspect right now is that he is a black male. He fled the area.”

Hundreds of children, ages 4 to 14, were on the field during the shooting, but no one else was injured.

Friends of the victim said that he will be missed. “He worked good with the kids, and he loved the children, and that’s what you ask for, of course,” said a family friend.

Detectives said the motive is not clear yet. “At this time, we don’t know the relationship, if any,” said Figone. “We don’t know if there was arguments.”

The investigation is ongoing.

If you have any information on this shooting, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.

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