Detectives search for 23-year-old woman’s killer after shooting in Pembroke Pines

Murder mystery impacts French Villas community

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – Detectives are searching for clues on Friday morning to find the shooter who killed a 23-year-old woman in Pembroke Pines.

Witnesses said they heard people arguing before the shooting. Surveillance video captured the sound of the gunshots that woke up French Villas community residents early Thursday morning.

Capt. Al Xiques, a spokesman for the Pembroke Pines Police Department, said officers found the woman, who lives in the community and appeared to have been on her way to work, dead inside a black Hyundai in the area of Northwest 79th Avenue and Sixth Street.

Xiques said detectives believe the shooter likely ambushed the victim and it was not a random act of violence. Officers did not identify the victim.

Leslie Morales, a wheelchair user, said hearing the loud gunshots was terrifying. About 18 years ago, a shooting left him partially paralyzed.

“I was very scared and it was traumatic for me,” Morales said.

Officers towed the damaged car from the parking lot. Xiques asked anyone with information about the shooting to call the Pembroke Pines Police Department at 954-431-2200 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.

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