MIRAMAR, FLA. (WSVN) - Police continue to search for two armed men who stormed into a Miramar home overnight, shooting one person and a dog.
According to Miramar Police, officers responded to a call of a home invasion along the 2600 block of Acapulco Drive, around 12:30 a.m., Friday.
Investigators said two armed men in ski masks and all black clothing forced their way inside the home through an unsecured back door.
There were two women, a man and a dog inside the home at the time of the break-in. They told police the men stormed in demanding money.
Police said one of the suspects proceeded to shoot the man through a door.
That man, identified by family members as Juan Carlos, was rushed to the hospital where he underwent surgery. He is now in the intensive care unit, said to be in stable condition.
7News spoke with Juan Carlos’ brother, who said his brother was just visiting a friend at the home when he was shot. “Why it all happened and the fact that I don’t know why my brother is over here at this point of the night anyway,” said Ryan. “They’re just saying he lost a lot of blood. They had to rush him over to the hospital.”
The dog, who was also shot by one of the suspects, has a head injury. Animal Rescue service members took the dog to an area hospital to be looked at. He’s expected to be OK.
Residents in the area woke up on Friday to the news and are worried their neighborhood is becoming dangerous. “I’ve watched this neighborhood go from good to bad to worse to ‘Oh, my God. What the hell happened?'” said neighbor Gary Robinson.
“I guess you’re – well, you don’t wanna say you’re afraid, but you just gotta be careful,” said another neighbor.
As of now, it is unclear what the suspects got away with. “Yeah, I don’t know what they got,” said Ryan, “but they were just yelling a lot, trying to get something from this robbery.”
Police are interviewing potential witnesses, trying to get a description of the suspects and a getaway vehicle.
If you have any information on this home invasion, 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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