By Ted Scouten

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LIGHTHOUSE POINT (CBSMiami) — Deputies are investigating a murder of man outside his quiet Lighthouse Point home.

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Deputies are trying to find out what happened to a man found dead outside his home. (Source: CBS4)

Broward Sheriff’s deputies say they got a call early Friday morning for a home located near NE 27th Court and NE 28th Ave.

A neighbor said they were jolted out of bed by gunfire in the normally quiet area.

“Two gun shots at 2:15 in the morning. It was so loud. I live right here, echoing through the hallway that I was too scared to walk out. I was looking through the peep hole. I was looking for commotion and didn’t hear anything,” said neighbor Arty Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald didn’t know what to make of the noise. He thought it might be fireworks. A couple of hours later he learned the tragic truth.

“The gentleman in his car shot, in the front seat of his car, window shattered like they shot him through the window. It wasn’t very pretty. Gruesome scene,” said Fitzgerald.

Investigators identified the man as 54-year-old Karl Wolfer.

According to Wolfer’s family he recently moved to South Florida from North Carolina after his sister died and worked at a liquor store in Lauderdale Lakes. Neighbors said his job made him keep late hours.

“He ran a liquor store. I think the liquor store was open until 1 o’clock at night. He’d come home from work at that time,” said Fitzgerald.

Police have been there throughout the day looking at surveillance video.

A white van was seen being towed from the area. It is unclear if that was the car the man was found inside.

The Broward Medical Examiner will determine Wolfer’s cause of death.

Anyone with information is urged to call Broward County Crimestoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.


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