Woman dead after double shooting in downtown Fort Lauderdale

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Two people were shot in downtown Fort Lauderdale on Friday evening, according to Fort Lauderdale Police, and one of the victims has died.

The shooting happened in the 100 block of NW 1st Avenue around 7:15 p.m. Police and Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue located two shooting victims, one female and one male. The woman was transported to Broward Health Medical Center where she later died.

The man was also transported and was reported to be in stable condition.

The shooting happened near the Broward Central bus terminal and the Brightline Fort Lauderdale station.

When Local 10 News arrived at the active scene, private armed security had shut down the McDonald’s nearby on West Broward Boulevard and it appeared the restaurant was being searched.

Police continue to look for a suspect and say the investigation is ongoing, but Detective Ali Adamson, FLPD public information officer, said “we do not believe there is any current threat to the public.”

This is a known gathering area for the city’s homeless population. A woman Local 10 News spoke with claimed she witnessed the incident and said it started as an argument.

“I see the two guys touching and running, and the lady kept saying get away from me because you know I got a gun,” said Yolanda Williams.

Williams also inferred that despite the man being approached, the gun was accidentally discharged.

“The other boy said ‘I ain’t never do nothing to you’ and he came up on him and tried to right him and that’s when the gun went off by mistake.”'

On Oct. 19, 2020, a man was killed and two others injured after police said two people were arguing at the Broward Central bus terminal in the middle of a Saturday afternoon. The people injured were bystanders.

On Aug. 8, 2020, two people were shot — including an 11-year-old boy who police said was simply walking in the area.

Police are urging anyone with information on the shooting to contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.

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