MIRAMAR, Fla. – A teenager was killed and two other people were wounded in a drive-by shooting Monday night in Miramar, police said.
The triple shooting happened shortly before 10 p.m. in front of the Foxcroft apartment complex on Foxcroft Road.
Witnesses described seeing chaos and hearing the shots one right after the other.
"It sounded more like a firecracker," neighbor Clifford Charles said.
Miramar police said three people, including a 17-year-old boy, were struck by bullets as they were getting out of their car.
The teen died in the shooting. Family members identified the victim as Mendell Lebel, who had celebrated his birthday just two days before he was killed.
"He went outside, came back upstairs. Someone was like, 'He might be dead. He might be dead,'" Lebel's uncle, Cliff Hamilton, said.
Miramar High School's principal tweeted her condolences to the student's family Tuesday morning.
I am currently out of the country and received the devastating news that one of our Patriots, Mendell Butler passed away. Sending prayers to Mendell’s family during this tremendously difficult time. @MiramarHigh2019— Principal Formoso (@msformoso) July 3, 2018
"My nephew was just an honest man," Hamilton said. "No one wanted to do anything like that of the sort."
"That was just like a person you can hang out with, chill, listen to music, laugh, play around and have fun -- stuff like that," the victim's brother, Sidney Henry, said.
Police said two adults who were injured in the shooting were taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood. Their conditions weren't immediately known.
"I honestly think it was the company he was with," Hamilton said. "My nephew was just an honest bystander, man."
No other details about the shooting were immediately available.