FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A man was shot to death early Friday morning in Fort Lauderdale.

Fort Lauderdale police said it happened just before 5 a.m. at 630 NW 10th Terrace. Their initial investigation found Brett Shell, 34, was shot while leaving his friend’s home and walking through the parking lot to his car.

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People living in the area told CBS4 they heard multiple gunshots.

“Firecrackers, basically. Firecrackers,” said Cornelious Washington who said he woke up to the sound of four or five gunshots. “We weren’t coming outside until there were police around.”

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Shell’s father told CBS4 his son lived in Pompano Beach and had three children, including two under the age of 5. Shell grew up in South Florida and went to Deerfield High School, his dad said.

The family said he was known for carrying cash and they believe he may have been targeted.

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Neighbors told CBS4 he didn’t live in the area but came there often.