LAUDERDALE LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) - A child has been transported to the hospital after he was shot in a Lauderdale Lakes apartment complex parking lot.
Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the scene of the shooting at the Seawind Lakes apartment complex near Northwest 45th Terrace and 36th Street, just before 4 p.m., Tuesday.
Rescue crews transported the 12-year-old boy to Broward Health Medical Center with a gunshot wound. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
Unfortunately, he is the second young victim of gun violence in South Florida, in less than 24 hours. Monday night, a 13-year-old was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital, after being shot in the shoulder while sitting in a car. Her pregnant mother, Quentia Golden, did not survive.
7News cameras captured the teen arriving at the hospital in an alert and conscious state. Authorities believe he’ll recover.
Earlier in the day, deputies armed with long guns set up a perimeter as they searched for a shooter.
Residents were slowly being allowed to return to their apartment, and those wanting to exit were being checked by deputies.
“I’m scared. I’m just worried about my kids, make sure they’re OK,” neighbor Patricia Pacheco said. “All these roads are blocked, so I had to get out and walk, and they’re not letting anybody through.”
“I’m tired. I’m hungry,” Emma Petit said as she waited to go back into her home. “I want to go home.”
Investigators later broke down the perimeter.
BSO said they are still interviewing potential witnesses and are questioning somebody. As of Wednesday morning, no arrest has been made.
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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