Deputies found an unidentified man shot dead in the parking lot near the Sun Vista Gardens condominiums early Wednesday. Witness Ron Gayle, concerned resident Adam Prusan and BSO spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion spoke about the case.
Authorities are investigating after a man was found shot and killed in a parking lot in Tamarac Wednesday morning.
Deputies responded a call of shots fired in the 5000 block of Rock Island Road around 3:18 a.m. where they found the unidentified man dead in the parking lot near the Sun Vista Gardens condominiums, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.
The shooting set off a massive search for a suspect or suspects in the area with a SWAT team called in as a police helicopter searched from above.
“The shots woke me up, because I thought they were like firecrackers,” witness Ron Gayle said.
Authorities shut down a portion of Rock Island Road north of Commercial Boulevard while they investigated the shooting.
The victim was a black man in his early 20s, the BSO said. His body was taken to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy.
Authorities said they believe they know the victim's identity, and say it was someone who often went to the apartment complex, but they are withholding the name until positively identifying the person through fingerprints.
“When you hear about a shooting nearby, you think, wow, that could be me," neighborhood resident Adam Prusan said. "I don’t know the details of what happened exactly, but sure, it’s a concern."
Anyone with information should contact Broward Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 954-493-8477 or www.browardcrimestoppers.org. A reward of up to $1,000 is available for information leading to an arrest.