NORTH LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - Authorities have released surveillance video of a carjacking and shooting in North Lauderdale, as they search for the gunmen responsible.
According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the incident happened along the 6500 block of Southwest 19th Street during the overnight hours of April 7.
Surveillance footage released by investigators showed two armed subjects approaching the victim as he was pleading for his life saying, “Don’t kill me! Please, don’t kill me!”
The victim, who was already shot, tried to shield himself behind another car, but the thief still pointed a gun at him.
“You know you come into your daily life, and then somebody’s gonna take it and you beg them not to shoot you? It’s heartbreaking,” said neighbor Nicole Bailey.
The man with the gun wanted the victim’s black Mercedes, and at some point, that car owner was shot.
“My mom said she heard three gunshots,” said another neighbor.
“You see the victim on the ground. The victim is begging for his life,” said BSO spokesman Carey Codd. “He is crawling around this vehicle, apparently in an attempt to try to conceal himself to avoid being shot another time.”
The gunman and another person in the Mercedes and a second car were spotted an hour later in another location.
The car was seen parked in a parking lot on Prospect Road in Fort Lauderdale, and a second car is seen leaving.
Detectives found the Mercedes later.
“This victim could’ve easily lost his life. He is lucky to be alive,” Codd said. “The individuals who carried out this crime, they are dangerous. They need to be caught.”
“It’s so sad, and I was so shocked because it was right here,” said a neighbor.
The gunmen took the victim’s Mercedes-Benz at gunpoint. Detectives said they shot him in the process and then took off in that car as well as their getaway car.
The car was returned, and the victim is in the hospital with injuries considered not life-threatening.
If you have information about the subjects behind the carjacking and shooting, call the Broward Sheriff’s Office or 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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