HALLANDALE BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - An investigation is underway after a woman was killed and a man was taken to the hospital following a shooting in Hallandale Beach.
Police were called to the scene near the 600 block of Southwest Fourth Street, just after midnight, Wednesday.
Officials were also seen Wednesday afternoon, guns drawn and in tactical gear, searching the area. Residents of some of the homes were asked to leave while police conducted their investigation.
Family members of the deceased victim could be heard sobbing as officials removed her body from the scene. They identified the victim as 24-year-old Marlena Turnquest.
Police said they have a person of interest in connection to the double shooting and are working to make an arrest. They are asking for the public’s assistance in locating someone identified as Eddie Mosley. They surrounded his home, Wednesday afternoon. The SWAT team approached the house with guns drawn. The suspect was not on the premises.
Investigators believe Mosley targeted the victims. “We do have evidence that shows the three did know each other,” said Hallandale Beach Police Maj. Pedro Abut, “and something occurred earlier in the evening that led up to this location.”
“I was asleep. I heard a shot, and as I got up, I heard another shot, then I heard her scream out, ‘Oh, no!’” said the victim’s grandmother, Dorothy Bolt, as tears fell down her face. “I looked outside my window, and I said, ‘Oh, Lord, my baby, my baby!’ So I come out the house. I didn’t think about the shooter. I didn’t think about the bullets. I didn’t think about nothing. But my baby was out there laying on the ground. I could tell by her clothes that it was her.”
The male victim has not yet been identified. However, police said, he was transported to Memorial Regional Hospital, where he underwent surgery.
According to authorities, the shooting happened outside of Turnquest’s home, where she lived with her grandmother.
Relatives said Turnquest was planning to move out of state over the weekend. “My grandmother woke up to my sister screaming, ‘No, no’ and hearing gunshots,” said China Preston, the victim’s sister. “She went to the window. She looked outside, and my sister was laying on the ground.”
According to neighbors, at least three gunshots were heard overnight.
Turnquest was pronounced dead at the scene. “She rushed to her,” said Preston of her grandmother. “At that time, she was still conscious. She waited for the paramedics to arrive, but by that time, we had already lost her.”
Loved ones don’t understand who would shoot Turnquest or why. “I’m at a loss for words right now,” said Preston. “We really don’t know what to think. I don’t know who would do this to her. She’s quiet. She’s private. She stays to herself.”
Turnquest’s grandmother wants Mosley to come forward. “He should give himself up because it could have been someone of his family. He should give himself up because they’re going to find him anyway,” Bolt said. “I’m praying to God to make him visible so that the police can find him.”
Police said Mosley was last seen near a barbershop in Hollywood. Investigators gave surveillance stills of the person of interest to 7News but said he may have shaved his head to avoid being recognized.
Police have set up a special non-emergency hotline for anyone with information on Mosley’s whereabouts. Contact the Hallandale Beach Police Department at 954-457-1400. You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.
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