South Florida

Three-Day Flakka Bender Ends in Deadly Shooting: BSO

The Broward Sheriff's office says a three-day drug bender lead to a man being fatally shot in the face in West Park early Friday.

BSO says Travis Lee, 31, a known drug dealer with an extensive criminal history, was well into a three-day flakka and molly binge when his friend, Richard Andrews, 34, decided to join him.

According to investigators, the two men met up around 5 a.m. Friday morning and continued the substance-fueled bender by adding vodka and molly to the mix.

The two men sold heroin throughout the morning until they decided to go to the home of Andrew’s sister in the West Park neighborhood of Carver Ranches.

Andrews began working on a white Buick which was in the driveway at his sister’s home. The Buick was parked adjacent to a black Cadillac which was facing in the opposite direction.

Both men were armed; Andrews with a semiautomatic handgun and Lee with a shotgun.

Lee moved the loaded shotgun from the interior of the Cadillac to the trunk in an attempt to conceal it from passers-by. Once the shotgun was in the trunk, Lee tried to unload the weapon when it fired.

The shot ripped through the side of the Cadillac’s trunk and hit Andrews in the face.

One neighbor says she believes this was all an accident.

"To my understanding, it had to be. Because we're not just gonna go around killing our friends and our loved ones," neighbor Priscilla Patrick said.

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Travis Lee has a criminal history including charges of grand theft, grand theft of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of various illegal substances and several probation violations.

He is now charged with manslaughter with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

"He is a felon so just the posession of a firearm is going to result in a charge," said BSO's Gina Carter.

Andrews also has a long history of arrests.

"To see these types of behaviors going on... it really saddens the heart," Patrick said.

Just last month, law enforcement officials warned the public about the risks of Flakka, which is growing in popularity in South Florida.

Flakka is a synthetic street drug mix with a base of bath salts that can result in paranoia, anxiety, psychosis and hallucinations, officials said. Other potential side effects from Flakka include permanent effects on the heart or brain leading to a stroke or even a heart attack.

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