PEMBROKE PINES (CBSMiami) — Pembroke Pines Police work into the night as they investigate a drive-by shooting that injured three teenagers.
Police were called out to the 11900 block of Pembroke Road, at the Arium Apartment complex, shortly before 6 p.m.
“When the officers arrived, they discovered that there were individuals that had been shot,” said Capt. Al Xiquez. “One had been shot in the neck, the other one was shot in the leg and the other one was shot in the abdomen.”
According to officers, four young men were leaving a pool party in the community when they were approached by another group in a mid-sized four-door white sedan.
“They were walking towards their car, which was parked nearby,” said Capt. Xiquez. “At that time, a white vehicle exited the community and proceeded westbound on Pembroke Road, at which time it was occupied by four to five black males and they started shooting at the subjects, who were walking on the sidewalk.”
Three of the four victims were struck.
The sound of gunfire startled neighbors in the apartment community next door.
“The first I heard was ‘bang, bang, bang,'” said Hank Rawlings, who lives nearby. “I thought it was firecrackers at first until the second round came off and I kind said, ‘Well, there’s bullets.'”
It sent people running in fear.
“Before we knew it, we looked outside and there was the helicopter overhead,” said Rene, a neighbor. “Then all of a sudden, we came out front and we saw kids by the droves coming in the complex, scattering. They came running back here. They jumped the fence.”
The three victims, all age 19, were trauma alerted to a nearby hospital.
Police say a witness followed the suspects’ vehicle to a nearby Burger King on Hiatus Road and Pines Blvd, but then lost sight of the vehicle, described as either a Toyota Camry, Honda Accord or Chevy Cobalt.
“We are asking the community to provide us with any information we may be aware of,” said Capt. Xiquez. “If they know the whereabouts of the suspect vehicle, if they know someone who may have been involved, please call 911. We want to identify these individuals. They are a danger to the community.”
If you know anything, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS. Anonymous tips leading to an arrest can be worth up to $3,000.