NORTH LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A family of five was inside an SUV in North Lauderdale Monday when gunshots shattered the rear window. Now police are looking for the shooter.
The woman inside the SUV asked not to be identified, but told CBS4’s Maggie Newland that she and her husband were inside the car along with a two year old and three year old strapped into their carseats. Her eight-year-old son was just getting into the car when she heard loud noises.
“Boom, boom, boom, so I think it’s fireworks,” she said, adding, “Then I look I see the two holes in my window and I say ‘What? It was a bullet shot?'”
They getting ready to leave her mother’s house on SW 10th street near 78th avenue in North Lauderdale when bullets pierced the back window and hit the ceiling right above the carseat where a child was sitting.
“God saved our lives,” said the mother. No one in the SUV was injured, but she says her oldest son is traumatized.
Just a few doors away, gunfire ripped through the front door of the Perez home. “I heard the gun shot,” said 4 year old Nate. “My friend was sitting right there, but I was sitting right here,” he said pointing to his spot on the couch. The bullet whizzed by just a few feet away, piecing the wall and landing in the children’s bedroom under a bed. “I’m tired of this,” said Nate’s Aunt Daisy Perez who lives in the home. “It’s people coming from different areas, coming to our home and having it unsafe for us and our kids.”
Dereck Stovall, 42, was hit in the forearm during the shooting. Investigators believe he was the original target.
Detectives have a released a photo of the suspected shooter. Police say he was in a green, older model Ford Crown Victoria with large chrome rims.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or www.browardcrimestoppers.org. Information leading to an arrest is eligible for up to $3000 reward.