2 in custody after man shot in Fort Lauderdale
Police say men shot victim, drove off in car
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Two suspects are in custody after a man was shot Friday during a carjacking in Fort Lauderdale.
Fort Lauderdale police Detective Kevin Dupree said the incident started on Bayview Drive.
Dupree said a man, identified as Thomas Jackson, was parked across the street from the Galleria at Fort Lauderdale in a blue Ford Explorer when he was approached by the two men.
The suspects were identified Friday as Abimael Rodriguez, 24, and Daniel Cabrera, 25, both of Orlando.
Police said the suspects forced their way into Jackson's vehicle, shot him and drove off while Jackson was still in the SUV.
Jackson told Local 10 News that he was shot twice while he was reading his bible inside of her vehicle.
"The young men walked up to me and talked to me for a while," Jackson said. "(I) told them, 'You don't have to do this, you don't have to go out like this,' because I knew that I didn't want to use my gun and shoot them. So they done that, but the Lord prevailed and the police officers of Fort Lauderdale were on top of everything."
Jackson, who is a veteran and now works as a security guard, said a bullet is lodged in his jaw and another in his leg.
The suspects were taken into custody in the 2300 block of Northeast Ninth Street.
Both men were arrested on charges of robbery with a firearm, aggravated battery and kidnapping. Rodriguez also faces a charge of resisting an officer without violence.
The victim was taken to Broward Health Medical Center in stable condition.
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