Broward County

Shooting in the suburbs wounds 3 teens and rattles the neighbors

Police on Monday released the names of three teenagers wounded in a drive-by shooting near a Pembroke Pines apartment complex as the search continues for up to five suspects.
Police on Monday released the names of three teenagers wounded in a drive-by shooting near a Pembroke Pines apartment complex as the search continues for up to five suspects.

Police on Monday released the names of three teenagers wounded in a drive-by shooting near a Pembroke Pines apartment complex as the search continues for up to five suspects.

The three 19-year-olds were shot just before 6 p.m. Sunday as they walked near 11900 Pembroke Rd. after leaving a pool party at the Arium Resort apartment complex. They were identified as:

▪ Deondray Oakley, shot in the neck.

▪ Robert Mitchell, wounded in the abdomen.

▪ Carlos Smith, hit in the leg.

A fourth teen, 18-year-old John Lowe, wasn’t shot. Lowe’s three friends were taken to Memorial Regional Hospital.

A white, four-door, mid-size sedan served as the shooting gang’s ride. Police identified the possible make and models as Toyota Camry, Chevrolet Cobalt or Honda Accord.

“They were walking towards their car, which was parked nearby,” said Pembroke Pines Police Capt. Xiquez told Miami Herald news partner CBS4. “At that time, a white vehicle exited the community and proceeded westbound on Pembroke Road, at which time it was occupied by four to five black males and they started shooting at the subjects, who were walking on the sidewalk.”

Pembroke Pines police would not comment on suspects or what may have spurred the shooting.

“The first I heard was ‘bang, bang, bang,'” Hank Rawlings, who lives nearby, told the station. “I thought it was firecrackers at first until the second round came off and I kind said, ‘Well, there’s bullets.' ”

For some neighbors in the Las Palmas neighborhood — a complex that shares a fence with the Arium Resort apartments — the violence was unexpected.

"It's a small community," said Edward Cichowski, 62. “We all look out for each other.”

Sarah Clegg, a 29-year-old massage therapist, said she's never seen any violence in her “phenomenally safe” neighborhood.

“Even with this shooting, Las Palmas is still so safe,” said Clegg, who moved into the neighborhood three years ago. “It doesn't shake me. You can't put this many rats in a cage and expect them not to attack each other.”

Herminio Burgos, 61, said he was heading out for the evening when he saw the police.

“Things can happen anywhere,” said Burgos, who moved in five years ago. “I feel safe here.”

Barry Knowles heard the gunshots over his noisy air conditioning unit.

“It sounded like an automatic weapon,” Knowles, 48, said. “It must have been six or seven shots. It was loud.”

Knowles said the shooting feels uncharacteristic for Pembroke Pines.

“A lot of people move here and try to escape Dade,” he said. “But I guess the violence is everywhere.”

Anyone with information on the shooting should contact Pembroke Pines police at 954-431-2200 or, if wishing anonymity, Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477).

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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