Broward County

Police search for Oakland Park man involved in Thanksgiving shooting of Navy sailor

Andrew Simmons, 26, of Oakland Park is being sought in connection with the shooting of a sailor in North Lauderdale.
Andrew Simmons, 26, of Oakland Park is being sought in connection with the shooting of a sailor in North Lauderdale. Broward Sheriff’s Office

Broward sheriff’s detectives continued their search Tuesday for a man believed to have been involved in the shooting of a visiting active-duty sailor in North Lauderdale on Thanksgiving Day.

Anthon Adams, 29, a member of the U.S. Navy stationed in Georgia, and his brother Andrew were standing outside their mother’s apartment at 7491 SW 10th Ct. about 8:35 p.m., watching Anthon’s 9- and 7-year-old daughters play with his 4-year-old nephew, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

As the brothers stood outside the two-story apartment building, they were approached by a group of men who began a physical altercation with Andrew, BSO said.

When Anthon tried to stop the fight and get the children out of harm’s way, one of the men pulled out a gun and fired several shots, wounding Anthon three times, according to BSO.

The sailor was taken to Broward Health North, where he remained in critical condition Tuesday. No one else was hurt.

Detectives are searching for Andrew Simmons, 26, of Oakland Park. Simmons is a career offender, and was released from jail three weeks before the shooting, BSO said.

Detectives asked anyone with information to contact BSO Violent Crimes Detective Matthew Marks at 954-321-4280 or Broward County Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 954-493-8477 or online at www.browardcrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $3,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

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