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Suspected shooter in Christmas Day murder arrested on New Year’s Day

Fort Lauderdale police release video from Christmas Day homicide

The Christmas shooting at a Fort Lauderdale gas station near a performance of “Hamilton” wasn’t a duel, but a murderous ambush, according to investigation and surveillance video released by Fort Lauderdale police.
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The Christmas shooting at a Fort Lauderdale gas station near a performance of “Hamilton” wasn’t a duel, but a murderous ambush, according to investigation and surveillance video released by Fort Lauderdale police.

The investigation into a Christmas Day ambush murder at a Fort Lauderdale gas station ended on New Year’s Day at the Coral Springs home of Jeffery Sapp, police say.

Sapp, 46, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of premeditated murder by a cadre of cops from Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs and the U.S. Marshals service.

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Cops believe Sapp is the gunman who waited for Emmanuel Watts to arrive at the Westar at 701 W. Broward Blvd., then fired several bullets into Watts around 5:50 p.m. on Christmas Day. Surveillance video captured the murder from two angles.

State records list Sapp as a one-time manager with Hunnid Grand Ent., LLC, described on its Facebook page as a “full service management, music publishing and entertainment company.”

He owns a 1997 cocaine possession conviction in Broward and 1999 convictions in Miami-Dade for tampering with physical evidence and carrying a concealed firearm.

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