HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Hollywood police are investigating a double homicide that occurred Monday night.
Hollywood police Officer Christian Lata said officers responded to the area of Wiley Street and Southwest 56th Avenue at around 8:30 p.m. in reference to a shooting.
One neighbor said they heard 5 or 6 gunshots.
Lata said both victims were taken to Memorial Regional Hospital after the shooting but later died.
Officials have identified one of the victims as 55-year-old Erik Johnson.
Johnson worked for the City of Hollywood in the sanitation and water department for nearly 27 years, his family said.
Johnson was also the father to a 3-year-old girl and was deeply loved by his family and friends.
His mother, Rosa Johnson, told Local 10 News she was still in shock over the loss of her only son.
“He was the type of guy that would give someone his shirt off his back if they asked,” his brother Donnial Hudson said.
Johnson’s other brother, Rod James, told Local 10 News: “From what I was told, he (was) helping someone with their vehicle on the brakes, an altercation from down the street ended up in his front yard -- he just got caught up and lost his life behind it.”
Several neighbors said there was some sort of argument that led up to the gunfire.
Investigators shut down roads and worked throughout the night sorting through the circumstances that preceded the shooting.
“Working on a car in his yard and some stranger comes by trying to shoot someone else and kills an innocent person. People need to stop,” said Rosa Johnson.
Anyone with information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 305-493-8477.