Victims don’t want to press charges against suspect in Fort Lauderdale shooting

Two separate shootings happen within blocks of each other on same street

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A suspect in two Fort Lauderdale shootings just blocks away from each other has been caught. Both of the victims are aware that the suspect is in custody, but they have told police that they do not want to press charges.

Fort Lauderdale Police said they responded to the first scene after reports of shots fired around 4 p.m. in the 100 block of Southeast 22nd Street and South Andrews Avenue.

Police said there was an argument outside of a vehicle and when they pulled in to that intersection, they found one man on the ground with gunshot wounds. Then, less than a mile away on Southeast 22nd Street, they found another man wounded.

Both were transported to Broward Medical Center. One victim is in serious condition, the other has minor injuries.

A large perimeter was set up and multiple law enforcement agencies were searching for the gunman. The perimeter went as far south as State Road 84 and as far north as 17th Street. However, the suspect was picked up a half a mile away from the shooting scene at Southeast 18th Court.

Fort Lauderdale police said this continues to be an active investigation adding “we don’t believe this was a random incident.”

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