POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – Lakita Norman said her brother was shot in the chest during a failed attempt to calm down a deranged gunman on Friday at a gas station in Pompano Beach.
Derrick Bryant, relatives said, was speaking to a woman he knew when her jealous boyfriend confronted him at the Five Star Shell gas station and Food Mart at 598 NW 15th St.
Norman said the gunman appeared to be drunk or under the influence of drugs when he first fired into the air before aiming at Bryant, 45, who was trying to reason with him.
Pompano Beach Fire Rescue personnel responded to the gas station and found Bryant had been shot several times. Gerdy St. Louis, a spokeswoman for the Broward Sheriff’s Office, said he suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the chest. Norman said he was also shot in the back.
Norman said Bryant remained hospitalized on Friday night in critical condition at Broward Health North in Deerfield Beach. A group of about a dozen relatives including a boy and teenagers met at the gas station on Friday night to pray. Norman is asking the public to pray for Bryant.
“All I know is God sees and knows everything and justice is going to be served,” Norman said.
Relatives said they are waiting for updates from detectives. Deputies want anyone with information about the shooting to call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.
Local 10 News Assignment Desk Editor Nina Nahmias and Photojournalist Bob Palumbo contributed to this report.