1 airlifted after shooting at Lauderdale Lakes car wash; manager says gunman is former employee

LAUDERDALE LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) - An employee at a car wash in Lauderdale Lakes was taken to the hospital after, police said, he was shot by a man who, the business’ manager said is a former employee.

The shooting occurred at the car wash located State Road 7 and Oakland Park Boulevard, Friday morning.

Police are investigating whether revenge was the motive behind the shooting, because, according to the manager, the accused gunman is a former employee.

The man was airlifted to the hospital by a medical chopper.

“Nice kid got shot, love the boy, good kid got shot,” said the car wash manager, who identified himself as Mike.

Mike said the suspect is a former employee, someone who was recently let go and showed up Friday with a gun.

“He was fired. He came back over here, not supposed to be over here, whatever, and a kid got shot,” Mike said.

The gunman got away, but the Broward Sheriff’s Office said they know who they are looking for.

“We have not located the subject at large, but I can confirm this is a known subject,” said BSO spokeswoman Gerdy St. Louis.

While investigators work to find him, the victim is fighting for his life.

“The injuries are life-threatening at this time,” St. Louis said.

“We are praying for his family and praying for him and hopefully that he’s OK. He’s a very nice kid. Nice boy, very hard working, you know? Very quiet, loving. I’m praying for his family, praying for his brother, and I’m praying for his mom,” Mike said.

The victim remains in the hospital in critical condition.

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