Broward County

Mom and son carjacked during driving lesson in West Broward

A suspect in custody is accused of kidnapping, carjacking and shooting a college man learning how to drive a stick shift in Weston.

Deputies from the Broward Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to U.S. 27 and mile marker 39 shortly before 4:30 p.m. Monday. Authorities said a woman told them she was teaching her college-age son how to drive a stick shift in the parking lot of Gator Run Elementary School, 1101 Glades Pkway., when they were approached by a man who forced them at gunpoint to drive to a rest area.

While at the rest area, the woman said the gunman ordered them out of their Jeep Wrangler and started inquiring about her finances.

At some point, the woman’s son reportedly got into a struggle with the carjacker, and was shot in the leg.

A witness at the rest area saw the commotion and helped the mother and son and was able to help detain the suspect until deputies arrived.

The son suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue took him to Cleveland Clinic.

The carjacking suspect, who was not identified., is expected to face attempted murder, armed carjacking and armed kidnapping charges. He is scheduled to appear in bond court on Tuesday.

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