Police still searching for domino game shooters
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police continue to search for four men who opened fire on a group of men playing dominoes outside a South Florida home, killing one person and sending three others to the hospital.
The tell-tale signs of the shooting still marked the scene Monday morning. A bullet had chipped out a big chunk of the home on Northwest 16th Street and Seventh Lane as well as left two unmistakable bullet holes in a sport utility vehicle still parked outside the home.
But, even more profound, is the loss to 94-year old Elvira Wilson, who is now left to mourn her grandson. "My baby just died right on the scene, just shot him in the head and killed him for nothing."
Wilson said her grandson, 23-year-old Joshua Childs, was the one caught and killed in the gunfire. "Always when he was going, he said, 'Grandma, I'm going, but I'll be back, but he didn't say that that night, and so when I heard he was gone, it just knocked me to my foot."
She shared an earlier picture of Joshua in his teens and said she raised him since he was a little baby. He helped her around the house and now she does not know what she will do without him. "He helped me in the house and did a lot a lot of work, like washing towels and different things, like cleaning out the garbage."
And Childs was not the only one hit by the barrage of bullets. "Nobody said anything because we figured if we flinched they would start shooting," said 25-year-old Christopher, who asked not to be identified for fear of retaliation, "and it didn't matter. They started shooting anyway."
Christopher had been discharged from Broward Health North and said he was playing dominoes with three other friends inside the carport of a home at around 12:30 a.m. Sunday when the gunmen, who wore bandannas around their faces, approached them with weapons drawn. "Some men came up from behind and ... they asked to 'give it up,' whatever that was," he said, "and they started shooting at us."
Christopher said he felt "blessed to be alive" after having been shot several times. "I didn't even get a good look at them because I'm looking at the barrel of a gun," he said. "Assault rifle, the bullet from that came through here," he added as he lifted his shirt sleeve to show his bicep. His bandages marked the bullet's entry and exit points. He then showed a bandage on his left forearm. "Had a .45 cut through here," he said as he pointed to the wound.
Christopher, who was also shot in the hip, said no one expected the gunmen would take the life of one of his closest friends. "Well, he was a good person," he said. "He was the type of person that would give things to you if he sees you were in need; he'd give it to you."
Christopher said the bullets injured him and two other friends, Alphonso Wright, 54, and Rashaad Payne, 23. Byron Wright, the nephew of one of the victims, said, "Bullet hit him twice or once. I don't know, but the bullet was ricocheting in his body."
Monday afternoon, the two other men remained hospitalized. One was listed in stable condition and another remained in a medically-induced comma. However, both are expected to make full recoveries.
Police said they are now leaning on the community for support in finding the gunmen. Broward Sheriff's Office spokesperson Mike Jachles said, "BSO homicide detectives have interviewed witnesses. They're working leads, but we're looking for the public's cooperation."
Police continue to investigate not only who committed this shooting but why. "It's tough out here, and everybody is trying to get a piece of the chain," said Wright.
Christopher said he believes the shooters fled in a black Dodge Charger.
If you have any information on this shooting, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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