Man hospitalized after being injured by stray bullet in Lauderhill

Man was lighting off fireworks when he felt sharp pain in leg, police say

LAUDERHILL, Fla. – A man was hospitalized Thursday night after he was injured by an apparent stray bullet in Lauderhill.

Police said the man was in a parking lot in the 2600 block of Northwest 56th Avenue lighting off fireworks when he felt a sharp pain in his leg.

"We were in the field lighting fireworks and he fell to the ground," the victim's father-in-law, Phillip Maxwell, said.

It appeared the man had an entry wound to the leg consistent with a bullet wound, police said.

The man was taken to Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale with non-life-threatening injuries. Police said no other people were injured.

Relatives told Local 10 News that the victim is back home, but still has the bullet lodged just above his knee.

It was not known where the bullet may have come from.

Anyone with information about someone who was firing their gun Thursday in the area is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477. 

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