Several Fort Lauderdale homes shot up, teen injured

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - Police are investigating after three houses were struck by bullets in a Fort Lauderdale neighborhood, sending one girl to the hospital.

It all happened just after midnight, Monday, along the 1600 block of Northwest 24th Avenue.

“I don’t think it was just this one. I guess the man was just going Wild, Wild West with the gun, I don’t know,” said the home’s resident.

A stray bullet penetrated the wood near a window of a home across the street where a 15-year-old was shot.

The teen suffered minor injuries and was taken to Broward Health Medical Center.

“She was in the bed asleep, and the bullet went through the window and hit her in the leg,” said neighbor Robert Barfield.

“Saw the police and then ambulance. I was like, ‘Oh, something must have happened,'” said neighbor Mark Dinkins.

The teen’s uncle said she is expected to be OK, but doctors believe the bullet in her leg will never be removed.

Residents said they could hear the gunfire. “I just heard two series of gunshots. Probably went off like six or seven, pause, six or seven,” said Sarah Javery, who lives nearby.

“I heard guns over there. BOOM BOOM BOOM. It was on that other street over there,” said Barfield. “About 15 minutes later, I heard another set of shots went off. BOOM BOOM BOOM.”

However, shootings like this are not new according to the residents. “It ain’t the first time. Yeah, I’m afraid, but it is what it is,” said Dinkins.

“It happens all the time. It’s all the time. It’s not safe around here. And it’s just — there’s nothing that they can do to control it. It’s just the way it is,” said Javery.

“It’s very scary with a lot of kids right here in this neighborhood,” said another female resident. “It gotta stop, though. It really got to stop. It don’t make no sense.”

Police have not yet released any details into the investigation.

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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