MIRAMAR, FLA. (WSVN) - Police are investigating a shooting near an Airbnb location in Miramar that left a man dead in his car.
Miramar Police units were responding to a call of a shooting but were diverted to a crash along the 8600 block of Miramar Parkway, just before 2 a.m., Saturday.
A man who spoke with 7News on Saturday said he rented the Airbnb home, located along the 2700 block of Canal Road, for three days while visiting South Florida. He said he and some friends were there to celebrate a birthday.
“I’m from Dominican Republic, but I live in Pennsylvania,” he said.
The man said there were about a dozen people inside the home, and the group had been drinking all day. He said he fell asleep around 11 p.m.
Investigators said shots rang out at around 2 a.m. after some kind of altercation took place.
Neighbors said off camera that the altercation did happen, and the victim was shot, then got in his car and drove away.
Police said the gunman fled the scene.
7News cameras captured skid marks on the front of the Airbnb home.
Witnesses told police the victim crashed his white sedan into an unoccupied red pickup truck on Miramar Parkway, about half a mile from the Airbnb. Another car was also damaged.
Detectives said the victim and suspect had both attended the party at the Airbnb.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
Police said there were only a handful of people there when they arrived to investigate.
“We were having fun; that’s it,” said the man who rented the Airbnb. “I don’t know what happened. I wake up, and I saw the police.”
The man added that the gunman and victim were not part of his group of friends.
“I don’t know the guys. We’re young, and nobody wants to die,” he said.
Detectives are working this case as a homicide.
A spokesperson for Airbnb released a statement that reads, “Airbnb bans parties, and are shocked by this senseless act of gun violence that took place last night in Miramar. Airbnb is quickly working to understand what occurred, and we stand ready to support the Miramar Police Department in their investigation.”
Airbnb officials said they have deactivated the listing where the party took place while the investigation continues.
As of late Saturday night, the gunman remains at large.
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 reward of up to $5,000.
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