Man fatally shot near BSO building
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police are searching for the shooter who fatally gunned down a man on Sunday several blocks away from the Broward Sheriff's office building, officials said.
Investigators said, 26-year-old Corey Pratter was on his way to meet some friends after having spent some time at a nearby nightclub earlier that night. He was walking near the intersection of Florida Avenue and West Broward Boulevard around 4:30 a.m. when, according to officials, he was shot multiple times in front of the Community Food Stores at 3200 West Broward Boulevard.
"[Officers] overheard several gunshots being fired in the area of 31st Avenue and Broward Boulevard," said Fort Lauderdale Police Detective DeAnna Greenlaw. Pratter's friends, some of them witnesses to the shooting, put him inside a black BMW right away and tried to get him to a hospital.
First responders on their way to the scene came upon the vehicle. "The officers were on their way to respond to that area when they saw a black BMW traveling at a high rate of speed without their headlights illuminated," said Greenlaw.
Police said they then initiated a traffic stop. The driver quickly pulled into the parking lot of the Broward County Sheriff's Office Public Safety Building. "When the officers made contact with the driver, the driver advised that her friend had been shot," said Greenlaw. "The officers then discovered a deceased black male sitting in the front passenger seat of that vehicle."
Pratter's mother, Annie Lucas, said she is no stranger to tragedy in her immediate family. "No one knows my pain; this is the second son I've had to bury, and it's heavy on my heart because I know someone knows what happened to my son," she said.
Dozens of family members and friends filled Lucas' Deerfield Beach home on Sunday to remember Pratter, a man they referred to as a caring person who left behind an 8-year-old daughter. "Just a relaxed, cool, laid-back guy," said Keven Lucas, the victim's brother. "He was a good-hearted person, never bothered anybody. I just want his killer found."
"We're confident someone in the public knows exactly who did this, and we're urging them to come forward," said Greenlaw.
"I just want his killer to come forward because God, he forgives all of us," said Lucas.
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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