TAMARAC (CBSMiami) – Armed with assault rifles, members of the Broward Sheriff’s SWAT team swept parts of a Tamarac apartment complex early Wednesday morning in the aftermath of a deadly shooting.
Just after 3 a.m., the sheriff’s office received several calls about gunshots at the Sun Vista Gardens condominium and apartment complex at 5060 Rock Island Road. Arriving deputies found a man dead in the parking lot; his body laying in between two cars. The sheriff’s office has not released the name of the man who was murdered.
Deputies sealed off that section of the parking lot, closed northbound Rock Island Road in front of the complex. Officers with K9s and a helicopter searched the area but were unable to locate the shooter. Just before dawn a mobile command center and a SWAT team arrived.
The sheriff’s office has not said if they believe the shooter is still in the complex.
Some residents of the complex were shocked when they stepped outside and found a body covered by a tarp and armed deputies all over the place.
“It’s bad, bad, real bad,” said Rohan Gayle.
“It’s a little scary so I called my daughter and told her make sure you lock the door properly and put the alarm on,” said Jackie Hassad Wallen.
Gayle said he heard the shots, but didn’t think much of them.
“I thought it was firecrackers,” said Gayle.
As the SWAT team searched the buildings for the shooter, they also escorted some residents to their cars, including children.
“It’s a big neighborhood, there’s a lot of buildings and at this point we don’t have a shooter, we don’t have anyone in custody so as a precaution you have to bring out everybody who you can, to make sure as our detectives conduct this investigation, everyone is safe,” said sheriff’s office spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion.
As part of their search, deputies stopped every vehicle leaving the complex and check their trunks and driver’s licenses.
“I was in line for 30 minutes, a good 30 minutes and I’m going to school. Kind of late right now,” said Arnold Alexander.
Investigators spent a long time questioning the driver of a car that pulled up shortly after the shooting and several people who ran up to the scene of the murder.
The sheriff’s office has not released a description of the shooter or said what may have led to it.