Fatal shooting near Fort Lauderdale takes life of 38-year-old father, family says

Broward Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives are investigating a shooting that left a man dead in the 2700 block of Northwest Ninth Street near Fort Lauderdale.

According to BSO spokeswoman Miranda Grossman, the man was shot shortly around 12:30 a.m. and his body was found in a grassy area adjacent to the roadside at 2721 NW Ninth St. He was dead when deputies arrived.

But family members told reporters the man was 38-year-old Channing Howard, father to a 16-year-old son, Miami Herald news partner CBS4 reported.

Neighbors told the station they heard three gunshots and found Howard in the grassy area where he died.

Grossman said BSO has not yet confirmed his identity.

Howard was charged with felony armed burglary and third degree grand theft in 2003, according to court records.

Family members told CBS4 the Fort Lauderdale-born Howard had been jailed but “had turned his life around,” the station reported.

BSO asks that if anyone has any information they should call Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.

Miami Herald Real Time/Breaking News reporter Howard Cohen, a 2017 Media Excellence Awards winner, has covered pop music, theater, health and fitness, obituaries, municipal government and general assignment. He started his career in the Features department at the Miami Herald in 1991.
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