LAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) - Police in Broward County are investigating a shooting that took place on Monday night.
Lauderhill Police received calls about a shooting along the 1800 block of Northwest 38th Avenue at approximately 10:44 p.m., Monday.
Responding officers located two victims at the scene suffering from apparent gunshot wounds, but soon after, local hospitals made them aware of additional shooting victims who had shown up to get medical care.
7News cameras captured a vehicle in the parking lot of a restaurant with at least five bullet holes and shattered windows. Investigators said the victims were hosting a fish fry at the time of the shooting.
As of Tuesday afternoon, there were at least seven victims involved. Officials said two of the victims have since been intubated, but the other victims sustained injuries that were not life-threatening.
For 10 years, Thomas Lagos has worked off Northwest 38th Avenue, and he said it has been mostly a quiet area up until now.
“I work here every day,” he said. “It’s a surprise for me. I never see nothing over here in this area here.”
Witnesses told police a barrage of gunfire was heard, but none of them said they saw a shooter as they ducked for cover.
Authorities, however, believe there were multiple guns involved in the incident.
Nearby business owner Franklin Lagos said one of his employees heard the shooting when it happened.
“He said, ‘Just shots started ringing out.’ There was a lot of people, and everybody was just duck and covering,” said Lagos.
Also on Monday night, another shooting took place in Miramar at around 9:30 p.m.
According to authorities, individuals inside one car began shooting at individuals inside a white Ford Mustang near the area of the 3700 block of State Road 7.
All three victims inside of the Mustang, which crashed outside a nearby restaurant, were shot and killed.
“This lasted an extended period of time, several blocks,” Miramar Police spokesperson Tania Rues said. “We have three men who were killed.
It remains unclear what led up to the shooting, but officers believe the victims, who live out of state, were targeted.
“We’re asking any witnesses that were in the area who may have seen anything to call Crime Stoppers and relay that information,” said Miramar Police Sgt. Oscar Mendoza. “There is up to a $3,000 reward.”
Investigators said they do not believe the two shootings are connected, but they are keeping the possibility open.
“Our detectives are working with detectives in other jurisdictions to try to confirm that,” Rues said.
No arrests have been made in either shooting as of Tuesday afternoon.
If you have any information on either of the shootings, 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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