PLANTATION, FLA. (WSVN) - An attempted armed robbery in Plantation ended with one suspect fatally shot and another fleeing the scene, Tuesday night.
Three people who were sitting at the park were approached by two male subjects, at approximately 9:29 p.m., at the Plantation Multi-Cultural Park, located at 460 N.W. 43rd Ave. Police said that was when the subjects tried to have a conversation with them before attempting to rob the three victims at gunpoint. Police said that if one of the victims didn’t have a license to carry a weapon, the outcome would have been a very different one.
At first, when the two men started talking to the victims, it may have seemed like a normal conversation, but it was clearly a ploy.
Then, one of the three victims, who happened to be armed with their own firearm, shot one of the armed subjects during the robbery. After this happened, the other subject fled the scene.
“I was in the kitchen of my house when I heard four shots total,” said a neighbor who heard the shots ring out. “The first one sounded like a fire cracker, and the last three definitely sounded like gunshots.”
Another witness also said they heard about, “four shots, four explosions.”
“When I pulled into the driveway, I saw one chap running from across the road towards me,” said a nearby resident, Dave, who witnessed the incident after the shots were fired. “When I saw the chap running across the road, I said, ‘Wait, it seems like something is up.'”
The subject who was shot died just north of the crime scene.
The victim, whom according to police had a concealed weapons permit, was not injured.
Police believe the three victims avoided a tragedy thanks to the victim who appropriately fought back at the right time.
“This morning, at about 6:15, my wife said there were a lot of police cars out front,” said area resident Chet Rockwood, “so I came out to see what was wrong, and I found out that somebody was being robbed or assaulted, and he happened to have a concealed weapons permit and shot one guy and the other guy got away.”
Rockwood said this isn’t the sort of thing they’re used to seeing in their neighborhood.
“Quite unusual to happen in this neighborhood. We have maybe minor things, break-ins, but otherwise, we’ve never had anything like that happen here,” Rockwood said.
Police are searching for the second subject who fled the scene. This subject is described as a black male in his late teens or early 20s, with short, cropped hair. He has a medium build, with average height and weight.
If you have any information on this crime, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS or 1-866-493-TIPS (Toll Free) or at http://www.browardcrimestoppers.org. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.
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