PEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) - Authorities are investigating after a man opened fire on his family, leaving three people dead and a child hurt in a Pembroke Pines home before he took his own life.
Pembroke Pines Police responded to the Grand Palms community along the 1600 block of Southwest 156th Avenue, just before 8:30 p.m., Sunday.
“A 911 call was generated to the 911 Communications Center from a female adult who was screaming in Spanish,” said Pembroke Pines Police Capt. Adam Feiner. “Unfortunately, the call was disconnected before a 911 call taker was able to identify an exact address for police service.”
Officials were eventually able to identify the home in the Grove Estates subdivision.
“Once members of the Pembroke Pines Police SWAT team were able to make forced entry, four deceased victims were identified,” said Feiner.
Investigators said the gunman, identified as 35-year-old Pablo Colon Jr., killed his wife, their 3-year-old daughter and his mother-in-law.
“Our investigation has concluded that the suspect, whose name is Pablo Colon, shot and fatally wounded his wife, his 3-year-old daughter and his mother-in-law before taking his own life with a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” said Feiner.
Police have since identified Colon’s wife as 36-year-old Sandra Colon and his mother-in-law as 61-year-old Olga Alvarez.
Officials said Colon also wounded the deceased child’s twin sister.
Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue transported the surviving child to an area hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.
Detectives said the family had rented the home for about six months and did not have a history of domestic violence calls.
Neighbors in the area said the community was large, with about 1,000 homes, and is usually quiet.
“I’ve lived here for about 14 years,” said resident Jorge Cantero. “This is a very, very peaceful community, and we are very proud of the neighbors, the management, our own security and roving patrol. We are very attentive on what’s going on in this community, and this is a shock.”
“Wow, I’ve never heard of anything like that here, and I’ve been here for probably close to 15 years,” said resident Paul Cherman.
“It’s definitely very concerning. I have little kids,” said another Grand Palms resident.
Cantero said the man is most likely someone he’s seen around before.
“People walking around, biking with their children, taking them for walks, and it’s possible I may have come across him,” he said.
Cameras captured crime scene investigators combing for clues hours after the fatal shootings. Police said the motive remains unclear.
“It remains under investigation, and it is a determinating factor that the suspect did not leave any type of note or any type of evidence,” said Feiner.
The surviving victim has since been released from the hospital and is staying with family members while they figure out an official custody arrangement.
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