LAUDERHILL (CBSMiami) – An investigation is underway after a man was shot to death in the parking lot of a Lauderhill strip mall Wednesday night.
Lauderhill Police spokeswoman Constance Stanley said just before 11:30 p.m. someone called 9-1-1 to report gunshots in the 1600 block of North State Road 7. When officers arrived they found the body of 27-year old Conrad Luke in the parking lot of the plaza. The person who called 9-1-1 said they tried to administer CPR to Luke but the man’s injuries were too great.
“I’m devastated, I’m sorry, I’m devastated,” said Karen Luke. “That (was) my only older brother and he’s gone.”
Conrad’s sister told CBS4’s Kara Kostanich she thinks her brother was shot as the result of an argument over a bicycle.
“To shoot him multiple times like he was a dog, about a bike, that’s just ridiculous,” said Luke.
Karen Luke said Conrad had been in an argument over a stolen bike and he had walked from their home to the shopping plaza.
Dany Guillaune, who own’s Dany’s Barber Shop in the plaza, said loitering is a big problem.
“I think the police need to come around here more often and keep the area under control,” said Guillaune.
Luke’s family said Conrad, who in the past has been arrested for burglary, robbery and grand theft, had recently been released from prison.
“It’s not right,” said Luke. “He’s only been out three months. Yes, he might have had a problem, but not to the point where you take his life. He’s a good person.”
Stanley said several eye witnesses to the shooting left before police arrived. Detectives would like to speak with them. Anyone who saw what happened is urged to contact Detective Brian Hardy at (954) 497-4700 or Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-8477.