Man, 5-year-old child hospitalized after Lauderhill shooting

LAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) - A man and a 5-year-old child have been hospitalized after a shooting at a Lauderhill apartment building.

Lauderhill Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene along the 3100 block of Northwest 19th Street, just before 7 p.m., Wednesday.

According to Lauderhill Fire Rescue Chief Jeffrey Levy, one adult and one child were shot.

Relative Calvinette Lemons said the shooting happened in a stairwell at the complex.

“I ran outside, and that’s when my kids ran up to me and said that my brother-in-law Demetrius got shot and my little cousin Aiden got shot,” Lemons said. “I kept crying asking if both of them were all right.”

Both victims were transported to Broward Health Medical Center in serious condition. Investigators said the two victims are somehow related.

“Both victims were responsive when the police arrived on scene,” Lauderhill Police Officer Mike Santiago said.

Lemons said her brother-in-law had been fighting with another man, who fired a shot that hit both of her loved ones.

“I couldn’t take it seeing the wound and the blood,” Lemons said. “I was crying with hurt because it could’ve been my child, my brother, my boyfriend, anything. I was just hurt crying.”

A woman, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said other children tried to move the 5-year-old to the sidewalk.

“Up on their shoulder like wheelbarrow-style,” she said. “We also saw an older guy was put in an ambulance and taken away as well.”

Police said the shooter remains at large as of Wednesday night.

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 $3,000 reward.

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