HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) - A prominent South Florida attorney was shot and killed by his son, who then shot his father’s longtime girlfriend before turning the firearm on himself at a home in Hollywood, according to a family spokesperson.
The shooting occurred in the Oakride Community along the 3200 block of Southwest 49th Street at around 9:40 a.m., Wednesday.
According to his law firm, Robert Fenstersheib was confirmed as one of the two victims killed in the shooting. Fenstersheib was often seen on television through his commercials.
When officers arrived, they said they found two men deceased on the scene. A woman was taken to the hospital in serious but stable condition with a gunshot wound.
“Upon officers’ arrival on scene, they did observe two deceased male victims with possible gunshot wounds,” Hollywood Police spokesperson Christian Lata said. “Further investigation revealed there was a third victim on the scene as well with a gunshot wound. That victim was transported to Memorial Regional Hospital in serious but stable condition. At this time, detectives of the Hollywood Police Department homicide unit are investigating the incident. As soon as more information becomes available, we will be forthcoming with that information.”
Scott Mager, a family spokesperson, said the attorney was shot and killed by his 35-year-old son, who was battling mental health issues and addiction, who then turned the firearm on himself.
“Michael lost that battle today,” he said. “He shot both Robert and his longtime girlfriend Hong Pen and then killed himself using the weapon. Drug abuse and mental health issues are so underestimated in today’s life, and so I hope people will reach out and try to help those around them that they can.”
With his catchy jingle in his television commercials, Fenstersheib became a household name throughout South Florida.
According to his law firm’s website, since his admission to the Florida Bar in 1980, Fenstersheib handled an excess of 30,000 cases and built up a powerhouse personal injury law firm.
However, those who worked with him said he was much more than an attorney.
“Just an unbelievable human being, an amazing person, an unbelievable father, a great leader, just a phenomenal human being,” Mager said. “If you didn’t have a chance to meet him, you really missed a special and unique individual. We lost somebody who was the epitome of greatness. He was the epitome of a human being, and he was my dear friend.”
Tamara Oyarzabal said Fenstersheib has been representing her in an ongoing case.
“I still am in shock,” she said. “He always had time. When I called or if I stopped by, even if I did not have an appointment, he would make time for me.”
“He was a good guy to work for, and he cared about his employees,” a former employee said. “He’s got no problem going an extra step for you if he could. It’s just hard to believe.”
Fenstersheib’s longtime girlfriend remains in the hospital recovering from her injuries.
Police said there is no threat to the public following the shooting.
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