MIRAMAR, FLA. (WSVN) - Police are investigating a drive-by shooting in Miramar that left a 17-year-old dead and two others injured.
According to police, it all happened at around 9 p.m., Monday in the parking lot of an apartment complex along the 3100 block of Foxcroft Road.
Officials said of the three people shot, two were adults and one was a teenager, who the family identified as 17-year-old Mendell Lebel.
Lebel’s uncle, Cliff Hamilton, was seen sobbing on the ground near the scene.
“People just gotta watch who they hang with, know what I mean?” said Hamilton. “My nephew ain’t do nothing to nobody, man. Good person, [he] just chills, man, know what I mean? He stays out of trouble, just goes to school.”
Hamilton said he does not know anyone who would want to hurt his nephew.
“If you ask me, I think it has something to do with these dudes that got shot with him,” he said. “They better find them before I do, because if I do, I’m gonna be mad, bro. You can put that on the news because I don’t care. They better find them before I do.”
The family is now having a hard time processing the news, especially since Lebel had just turned 17, Sunday. Lebel’s birthday party was the last time Hamilton saw his nephew alive.
“He didn’t even get the chance to hit 21 yet,” said Sidney Henry, Lebel’s brother. “I don’t even know what to say right now.”
All three victims were rushed to Memorial Regional Hospital. Lebel succumbed to his injuries, while the other two remain in unknown condition.
A woman who lives nearby said she heard the gunshots and ran into her daughters room.
“There were like eight or nine rounds that went off,” she said. “I just grabbed my daughter, hit the ground. It was quiet. Went and grabbed my other daughter out the bedroom, hit the ground with her, and then it was seconds, the police — saw flashing lights. I could hear the sirens, it wasn’t even five minutes.”
Police are now looking for a teal-colored Honda.
If you have any information on this deadly drive-by 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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