WEST PARK, Fla. – The Broward Sheriff's Office is questioning a man after his friend was fatally shot in West Park Friday morning.
Deputies responded to a neighborhood in the area of Southwest 22nd Street and 44th Avenue at 9:05 a.m., and found the victim, Richard Andrews, 34, laying in the driveway of a home.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Deputies said Travis Lee, 31, is a known drug dealer, and was well into a three-day Flakka and Molly binge when Andrews decided to join him.
Deputies said the friends met up at about 5 a.m. and continued taking Molly and vodka. They said the men then sold heroin throughout the morning before going to Andrews' sister's home in the Carver Ranches neighborhood.
According to detectives, Andrews was working on his white Buick that was parked in the driveway of his sister's home when Lee went to put his loaded shotgun into the trunk to conceal it from a passerby.
Deputies said the gun discharged as Lee was trying to unload it.
"At the moment the shotgun discharged, it struck his friend in the face," BSO spokeswoman Gina Carter said.
Deputies said 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."
Deputies said both men were armed at the time of the shooting.
"The suspect in the case has a history of criminal arrests. He is a felon, (so) just the possession of a fire arm will result in a charge," said Carter.
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