A 23-year-old woman was shot and killed at the French Villas Condominum in Pembroke Pines early on Thursday morning, March 5.
French Villas is located on the 600 block of Northwest 79th Avenue. Pembroke Pines police report receiving several calls from neighbors who heard multiple gunshots there around 6:15 on Thursday morning.
“I received numerous calls, and we were able to determine that several shots had been fired,” said Pembroke Pines Police Capt. Al Xiques.
They later determined the victim was walking to her car when a person in another car approached her. The assailant then shot her more than a dozen times. When police arrived, they found the victim’s body in her car.
Xiques said that based on their preliminary investigation, they believe the victim was targeted, and the violent attack was not random. They received many copies of Ring doorbells in the area capturing the sound of the gunshots, but are still looking for any surveillance video that shows the parking lot.
While the police look for the shooter, French Villas resident are worried for their safety.
“Now, I’m afraid that he would even get up in the morning and leave, going to my car and go into work because of this, so I think this community needs a little bit more security,” resident Evelyn Arguello said.
Negligent security law requires that owners of property like apartment or condominium complexes maintain safe premises, and that includes appropriate security standards. Having good video surveillance of parking lots is usually a helpful security measure.
Police are asking for the public’s help. If you have any information on this homicide, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. It’s possible to remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.