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Fort Lauderdale apartment building shot up, now residents want out

Police believe there were 2 gunmen with automatic rifles

Nobody was hit, but dozens of bullet holes were left at the Bell Sunrise Apartments complex after police say two shooters opened fire Monday night and then fled. Their motive is not yet known.
Nobody was hit, but dozens of bullet holes were left at the Bell Sunrise Apartments complex after police say two shooters opened fire Monday night and then fled. Their motive is not yet known.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Residents of a Fort Lauderdale apartment complex are frightened for their safety after gunshots were fired into their building Monday night.

Fort Lauderdale police say a dark vehicle drove into the Bell Sunrise Apartments complex at 1201 East Sunrise Blvd. shortly before 10:30 p.m. Based on the evidence, investigators believe there were two shooters armed with different automatic rifles. They say two different caliber shell casings were found at the scene.

The building and multiple vehicles were hit, but nobody was shot or injured.

It’s unknown whether there was a certain target location or individual.

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A resident named Chris said he was in his unit getting ready for bed when the shooting happened. After the shooters fled, he came outside to find police on the scene and dozens of bullet holes left behind.

“Bullet holes in my building, above my window where I sleep,” he said.

Another resident who lives on the second floor showed Local 10 News how the window to her living room had several bullet holes clustered together. Nobody was in that living room at the time, but she said she saw another bullet come through her bedroom window and hit the ceiling.

“I thought I was gonna die,” said the woman, who did not want to be identified. “I mean, never in a million years would I ever thought that would happen here.”

She said she and her husband rushed into the bathroom and laid on the floor until they could call 911.

These residents say they used to feel safe at their home but now want to move out.

Detectives have gathered surveillance from the area and are also asking residents to check any cameras they may have from 10:25 p.m. to just after 10:30 p.m. for anything that could help in their investigation.

“Any little piece of this puzzle is going to help our detectives,” said Sgt. DeAnna Greenlaw of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department.

If you have any information, you can call Fort Lauderdale police or Broward CrimeStoppers at 954-493-8477.


About the Author:

Liane Morejon is an Emmy-winning reporter who joined the Local 10 News family in January 2010. Born and raised in Coral Gables, Liane has a unique perspective on covering news in her own backyard.