Authorities are investigating after a man's body was found in a burning car in North Lauderdale Tuesday morning.
North Lauderdale Fire Rescue responded to the car on fire at Bicentennial Park in the 6100 block of Kimberly Boulevard around 5 a.m., Broward Sheriff's Office officials said.
After the fire was put out, firefighters and deputies discovered a man's body inside the car. He was later identified as 27-year-old Darren Butler.
One witness said she heard several gunshots and a car squeal away just before the car went up in flames.
"It's just unfortunate that something like this happened and it's so close to home," Tiffany Bryant said. "I just thank God that me and my husband, we actually did go inside when we did go inside, because it's like if we would have been spotted, they could have just automatically assumed 'they saw everything' and we could have been the next victims."
Officials said the incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.