Broward County

November 1, 2013

Teen shot near Watkins Elementary in South Broward

A high school student who was shot may not have been the intended target, her father said.

A 17-year-old boy was arrested Friday after police say he shot at a group of teens earlier in the day, sending one girl to the hospital.

David Barton, 17, of West Park, is facing charges of premeditated attempted murder, attempted felony murder and shooting at an occupied dwelling.

The Hallandale High School student, Makeda Elliott, 17 was recuperating at home after a bullet grazed her neck as she waited at the bus stop with about a dozen other students.

Elliott was released from Ryder Trauma Center in Miami after the early morning shooting in Pembroke Park.

“She’s resting, just taking a rest,” her father, who would not give his name, told the Miami Herald’s news partner CBS4 Friday afternoon. “She’s all right.”

The shooting happened shortly after 6:30 a.m. near Watkins Elementary, 3520 SW 52nd Ave. Several shots were fired, but it was not immediately known if they came from a car or a nearby building.

Deputies from the Broward Sheriff’s Office rushed in and streets near the school were shut down. Since Watkins was not open yet, the school was never placed on lockdown.

In an emailed message to reporters, BSO stressed the incident was “NOT a school shooting.”

“School was not open when this happened,” said BSO spokesperson Keyla Concepción.

The girl called her father. He rushed to the scene and picked her up in a red pickup truck. The confusion led police to issue a warning for a red pickup. And that led to a police chase and stop on Interstate 95 at Oakland Park Boulevard a short time later. That truck and police stop were unrelated to the Pembroke Park shooting, Concepción said.

Investigators were interviewing the other students at the bus stop, Concepción said.

Detectives went to Hallandale High School where they were led to Barton. Barton was arrested at the school.

The girl’s father told CBS4 that he did not believe his daughter was the intended target.

”Just like a ricochet or something like that,” he said. “She was more shaken.”

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