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LAUDERDALE LAKES (CBSMiami) — Broward Sheriff’s detectives are looking for the shooter who opened fire Sunday afternoon in the parking lot of a busy Wal-Mart in Lauderale Lakes.

The store on Oakland Park Blvd and 441 was full of shoppers, who suddenly found themselves being told to stay put.

“It’s very surprising. Very shocking,” said one frequent shopper who was on his bicycle.

“It’s just very unfortunate. This is what our world is turning into,” lamented another as he finally drove off hours later.

One woman said she’d “never seen anything like this before.”

B.S.O. investigators couldn’t say much except the man was shot at about 2 p.m. and was rushed to the hospital, where he died within the hour.

“Right now it really is a bit of a mystery and detectives are working hard to unravel it,” explained BSO spokeswoman Gina Carter.

Broward Sheriff’s investigators cordoned off much of the parking lot, marking evidence and speaking to people who may have seen what happened. It was still unclear Sunday night if this was an argument that turned deadly, if it was random, or if the shooter and victim knew each other

Shoppers were kept at the Wal-Mart for more than five hours, unable to drive off in their parked cars. Bullet holes could be seen marking the sides of many nearby vehicles.

“I walked up and saw everyone hovering over the body. Somebody got shot in the head,” said shopper Orga Espady, finally leaving five hours after the shooting. He said he just stopped by to pick up food, never expecting he’d see a dead body in the middle of the afternoon.

“I spoke to an officer and she told me a gentlemen got shot in the face,” shopper James Walker told CBS4’s Donna Rapado. “I was very surprised because I’ve been coming to this store for a long time.”

“It’s a growing concern how society has gotten to where we are so impatient with each other,” one woman said, preferring to stay anonymous, as she finally pulled out of the lot. “You can leave home, not sure you’ll make it home. And that’s very, very sad because tonight someone is going to bed without their loved one.”

Espady added, “It’s frustrating, you know, that this is the type of society we live in. People are getting shot over a little argument. People would rather use a gun and shoot somebody and end their life. It’s just sad. Prayers to whoever’s family member that was.”

Investigators urge anyone with information to call Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.

Comments (28)
  1. John Smith says:

    Five hours? I would riot like a black man

    1. ElSrCOJones says:

      Horatio and his techs are very thorough. Like all cops they write great reports…

    2. Harry Snapperorgans says:

      I don’t know about the rioting part, but I can tell you that after the first hour or so I’d be over in the food aisle filling my face with free stuff. Gotta keep that blood sugar elevated!

  2. so the people were prisoners because the police were so slow?…..


    Another fight over a parking spot turned deadly!

  4. JR says:

    This story doesn’t make it clear if ALL customers in the Wal-Mart were held for 5 hours, or just the ones whose cars were hit with bullets/parked in the crime scene zone. I can understand the latter. The former makes no sense. And if ALL customers were held, I’d think there would be a lot of comments from angry customers. And there are none here, even though you do have comments from several customers.

    Can we get a clarification, please?

  5. ronald says:

    I doubt the “victim” was a gentleman…

  6. appleforaface says:

    “He said he just stopped by to pick up food, never expecting he’d see a dead body in the middle of the afternoon.” Because in the high society of Walmart shoppers that’s more of an early evening event.

  7. mary jones says:

    It would be a nice gesture for Walmart to send flowers, since he was one of their customers.

  8. kcm says:

    Go to Walmart, get bullet holes in car…There’s a lesson in that…

  9. Aleric says:

    Welcome to Mexico, this is what its like on a daily basis and now Kalifornia is turning into Mexico.

    1. babydriver says:

      California WAS Mexico, long before it was USA.

      1. too bad says:

        But they lost it – a long time ago. Deal with it.

  10. sandra says:

    Appleforaface . . . you made me laugh today. Thanks!!

  11. Kathy Hernandez says:

    They would have had to shoot me! I can’t be gone for more than an hour…I have needy pets!

  12. richard says:

    These junior keystone kops can kiss my donkey! I didn’t shoot the guy, i’m leaving.

  13. Rick65399 says:

    Sounds like a typical day at the Walmart auto repair shop getting a new tire put on my car. Only 3 guys on the floor. Women don’t seem to like performing auto repair work.

  14. Frank Muller says:

    This authoritarian BS is being done on purpose to condition us before being overtaken.

  15. Frank Muller says:

    They’re censoring the word “T. RU -M. P” now from the comments? Wow, this is bizzaro. He will restore law and order.

  16. Deplorable Infidel says:

    “Save Money Live Better, Get Capped In The Parking Lot, Walmart!”

  17. Deplorable Infidel says:

    Is Dexter on the scene?

  18. James Curry says:

    Just horrible. Horrible I tell you.

  19. christo says:

    5 hours of overtime.

  20. stpaulchuck says:

    another gun free zone I expect. Congrats. It’s working well.

  21. Ozzonelayyer says:

    It’s Trump’s fault. Ask any DemocRat.

  22. Contra Ventus says:

    I imagine the person was wearing a “All Lives Matter” cap. Nothing to see here. Move along.

  23. John Oakman says:

    Let’s have a contest: Describe the Shooter and the Shootee. Well, Mr. Officer de wuz—–

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