NORTH LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - Rescue crews took two teenagers to the hospital after, officials said, a fistfight led to a shooting in North Lauderdale, Saturday afternoon.
Cellphone video captured the street fight along the 1000 block of Southwest 76th Avenue, near Tam O’Shanter Boulevard, in the Silver Lakes residential community.
The footage shows a group of what looks like two teenage males getting ready to throw punches at each other in the middle of the street, followed by gunshots. The video then goes to to record the sound of gunshots a short time later, as the teens scatter.
Area resident Anirudh Singh said he called 911 after, he said, he witnessed the fistfight, then heard gunfire.
“I heard a scuffle by the street. I see a bunch of kids, they were like fighting. Then I heard ‘pow, pow,'” said Singh. “Then I ducked. I said, ‘Are those gunshots? And then, ‘pow, pow pow!'”
Area resident Christine Richardson said she ran to her back room with her baby nephew. “Having a child in the house, or anybody, for that matter, you don’t want no one in a shootout,” she said.
Singh said he then saw what appeared to be one of the victims. “Then I saw one kid fell and holding his stomach, and the other ones running and hiding … and one car speeding off,” he said.
Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the scene just after 2:15 p.m.
North Lauderdale Fire Rescue transported one of the victims to Broward Health Medical Center and the other to Broward Health North, both with injuries that do not appear to be life-threatening. Their ages are unknown.
Investigators said there were at least a dozen young people in the street at the time of the shooting. They believe one of them pulled the trigger.
Neighbors are not sure what this scuffle was about or why it escalated, but they did not appear to be surprised by the outcome.
“It went too far, and I just hope … no one dies or anything from it,” said one resident.
“There’s really nothing we could do, pretty much, so, it’s just something that happens daily,” said another neighbor.
“It’s a scary thing,” said Richardson.
7News cameras showed deputies beginning to wrap up their investigation at the scene of the shooting, just after 6:30 p.m.
The shooter remains at large. Authorities said they do have a person of interest that they are looking at.
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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