CRIME

Two dead after Hollywood shooting

 

jsimmons@MiamiHerald.com

A Hollywood woman awoke early Saturday morning to find a dead body on her front lawn and police surrounding her home with crime scene tape after a shooting left two young men dead.

The second body was discovered in a narrow alleyway behind the house at 1845 Taylor Street, said Hollywood police.

Resident Vicki Kuhl said she didn’t hear the gunfire, but someone banging on her door woke her up late at night.

“I heard somebody like pounding on the door. So I answered the back door, and I didn’t see anybody back there,” she told Miami Herald news partner WFOR CBS4.

“And I went to the front door and I saw the man laying in the yard, and I thought he was just passed out.”

He wasn’t.

At about 4:30 a.m., Kuhl was awoken again.

“A friend called, and said, ‘You’ve got police all over; there’s a man dead in your yard,’” she said.

Officers said they rushed to the neighborhood at about 2:10 a.m. after people called reporting gunshots.

They found Andre Kemp and Michael Clayton Baker, both 22 years old, dead.

Saturday afternoon, they were still looking for a shooter, talking to neighbors and trying to determine what happened, said Hollywood Police spokeswoman Nikki Coffin.

“Our detectives are trying to get information from people who live in the area, trying to see if anybody heard anything that maybe they didn’t report, does anyone have information about something that was going on here, suspicious vehicles, any information that can help us in the investigation,” she told CBS4.

It’s unclear if the two men are related or had some kind of connection, Coffin said.

Neighbor Brad Schild said he recognized one of the men, Andre Kemp, from the neighborhood.

“I seen him laying there, and I know that was him — the man who lives here,” he said to CBS4.

Kemp lived in an apartment in a building next to Kuhl’s home, according to police.

Another neighbor, Lisa Lopez, said she knew him, too.

“It’s very alarming and very frightening,” she said to CBS4. “And it’s sad because we did know the kid, and he’s very quiet and he had a young child and a girlfriend.”

Lopez said she didn’t want to stay in the neighborhood.

“We want to move, because we don’t want to live in this environment anymore,” she said to CBS4.

“It’s upsetting when you wake up and you walk around the corner, and you see a dead body on the lawn.”

Kuhl wants out, too, and said she’d already been preparing to move when the shooting happened.

“We were in the process of moving this weekend,” she said.

“And that’s what my daughter said: it’s just getting too dangerous.”

Hollywood police have asked anyone with information about the shooting to call the Hollywood Police Department at 954-967-4357 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.

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