HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – A Hollywood neighborhood was swarmed by police Wednesday morning after a house was shot at.
Sky 10 was above the scene as authorities focused their attention on a home in the 600 block of Crescent Drive.
Numerous police vehicles, including a SWAT truck, were parked outside the home, which had bullet holes in some windows.
“A 911 call came out earlier of a possible shooting and we take these calls serious,” Hollywood Police Officer Christian Lata told Local 10 News in an email. “Officers are searching the area at this time looking for possible victims and/or evidence of a shooting. As of now, there are no victims.”
The people who live at the home that was the center of the investigation later told Local 10 News reporter Layron Livingston that someone shot up their house Wednesday morning for unknown reasons.
They said they were briefly handcuffed by police after someone claimed they were also shooting.
“[Police] just said they didn’t know ... who was what. Because they say that somebody told them that we were shooting at them and they were shooting at us,” said Michael Alexander, one of the men briefly detained after his house was shot.
He said he, his girlfriend, and friends were all inside but that nobody was hurt.
Alexander added that he heard the shots but didn’t know his house had been hit until he saw police outside.
People in the neighborhood say they heard at least five gunshots, with one neighbor saying he saw a car racing down the street shortly after hearing those shots.
Another neighbor said police ordered him out of his home.
“There was a lady standing behind my boat, here, with a gun pulled, and she said, ‘Get in the house,’” said John DeFazio, who lives on Crescent Drive.
Another neighbor’s cell phone video shows police in tactical gear moving in on a house across the street.
“Then they knocked on the door, SWAT knocked on the door and told us to get out of the neighborhood,” DeFazio said.
Neighbors say at least two homes were evacuated. Everyone has since been allowed back in their homes.
Police carefully combed the area, looking for possible victims but didn’t find any.
Neighbors now wonder who opened fire, and why. They say police have been called to this home before.