Fort Lauderdale, Florida – An unfortunate incident involving a dispute between two factions led to the shooting of five individuals at a residential complex on Wednesday evening.
The shooting unfolded around 8:40 p.m. at the rear courtyard of the Broward Garden apartments, located at the intersection of NW 19th Street and NW 29th Avenue, as per the police’s information.
Chief Patrick Lynn of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department remarked, “A group of people gathered in the courtyard, a second group of people confronted them as a result gunfire ensued and now we have five people confirmed in the hospital.”
A long-time resident of the apartments reported that the incident stemmed from a longstanding conflict between a group of young men residing in the complex and another from a different complex.
She recounted her frightening experience, stating, “I just heard a lot of shooting so I ran outside to get my son. When I ran out everybody was just running all over. And then a couple of guys, like three of them, were running from around the corner. There were like ‘Oh, I’m shot, oh I’m shot’. It’s scary and I’m just ready to move. This is ridiculous, we can’t even let our kids outside and feel safe. Cause every day it’s just shooting, you’re scared to let your kids outside.”
Among those injured was a 15-year-old boy, the son of a friend of the woman. After he was shot in the leg, nearby residents acted quickly to halt the bleeding before medical services arrived to transport him to the hospital.
As of this report, the authorities have not yet released the conditions of the individuals hospitalized following the shooting.