29-year-old man shot outside Hollywood gated community

HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) - A man was rushed to the hospital after being shot outside a Hollywood residential community, Wednesday morning.

According to Hollywood Police, just after 6 a.m., a 29-year-old man was shot outside of Hollywood Oaks, a private, gated community located at 3451 Hollywood Drive.

The man was shot in the abdomen and chest, officials said. He was then transported to Memorial Regional Hospital in unknown condition.

Upon the arrival of Hollywood Police, 7SkyforceHD hovered over Hollywood Oaks Drive and Southwest 35th Avenue and saw a woman being placed in the back of a patrol car. However, police have not said how she is connected to the investigation.

“I don’t know if there’s anyone right now at the scene who saw it happen,” said Hollywood Police officer Miranda Grossman. “Not sure who made the call to 911, but obviously, detectives and investigators are talking to neighbors and making their rounds here to talk to people, if there were any witnesses of surveillance videos.”

Witnesses later came forward.

“It was just, ‘Bam, bam, bam, bam, bam!'” said a female witness. “Then, nothing. Quiet.”

Another witness heard the gunshots, as well, as he drove by the scene. “I definitely stopped,” he said. “It’s something to be concerned about. That’s all I can say.”

For hours, Hollywood Police officers and detectives were seen investigating the premises, placing about a dozen evidence markers and investigating a pickup truck that has since been towed away.

Karen Estrin, a Hollywood Oaks resident, told 7News she lives next door to the owner of the pickup truck, and she was not surprised something happened. “This young man has been in trouble so often that it was almost like, one of these days, something’s gonna happen.”

There was activity by the security booth, but police later confirmed that the security guard was not involved in the shooting.

Hollywood Oaks residents were not allowed to leave or enter the community for a period of time due to the investigation taking place, but it returned to normal, Wednesday afternoon

Although police have not commented on whether there has been an arrest, they reassured residents that there is no need to worry. “The investigation is early and ongoing, so I can’t really say much,” said Grossman. “But there’s no need for residents to be concerned.”

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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