Lauderhill Shooting Sends Man to Hospital

Wife says husband shot outside their apartment

By Donna Rapado
|  Wednesday, Jan 9, 2013  |  Updated 5:19 PM EDT
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Xavier Melton was shot just before midnight at the Royal Palm Apartments. His wife, Janicia Melton, said he was shot once in the chest.

Xavier Melton was shot just before midnight at the Royal Palm Apartments. His wife, Janicia Melton, said he was shot once in the chest.

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Janicia Melton says her husband, Xavier, was shot outside their home in Lauderhill.
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A man was rushed to the hospital after he was shot outside his Lauderhill apartment late Tuesday night.

The shooting happened just before midnight at the Royal Palm Apartments at 2920 Northwest 56th Avenue.

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The victim's wife, Janicia Melton, said she was inside the apartment they share when her 23-year-old husband, Xavier, began banging on the door.

"I was in the bathroom and I heard a big boom on the door and it was him and he just started screaming 'call 911,'" Melton said. "When I came out I just see him on the floor in a puddle of blood."

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Melton said her husband told her he had been standing outside when someone started shooting at him. She said he was shot once in the chest.

The man was rushed to Broward General, where his condition was unknown. Melton said he was undergoing surgery.

Officers were at the scene early Wednesday gathering evidence. Officials said they have no motive for the shooting and they don't know whether it was a random shooting or the man was targeted.

The gunman is still at large.

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Anyone with information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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