May 11th, 2008 08:33 PM
Gunfire spoils birthday party at Miramar home
Fire up the party!
South Florida Sun-Sentinel 3:49 PM EDT, May 11, 2008
MIRAMAR - Gunfire erupted at a birthday party early Sunday, sending two people to the hospital, police spokesman Bill Robertson said.
The shooting in the 14800 block of Southwest 54th Street stemmed from a party guest trying to get a drink, Robertson said. About 4:30 a.m., guest India Nevada Footman tried to go into the home's kitchen to get a drink, but a man there refused to let the 21-year-old inside and instead punched Footman in the head.
Footman went to an upstairs bedroom to get her friend Brandy Dudley, with whom she had traveled from their homes in the Orlando area. The women grabbed their bags and were about to leave when a second man punched Footman.
That's when Dudley, 27, pulled out a gun, Robertson said. Two men rushed at Dudley and she fired.
That caused a third man to grab a gun from the second floor and shoot at Dudley.
Dudley was struck in the hip, Robertson said. The party's disc jockey, Rohan Omar McLaughlin, was struck in the chest, but police do not yet know by which shooter.
A wounded Dudley managed to leave the house, to get help from a neighbor in The Reserve at Huntington community. Meanwhile, two males chased down Footman.
Police are still interviewing witnesses, including the party's host, Latoya Douglas, 29, to get answers, Robertson said. About 50 people were at the party, he said.
Paramedics took Dudley and McLaughlin, 26, to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood. Their injuries were not life-threatening.
No arrests have been made.
May 11th, 2008 08:42 PM
Well, at least it wasn't a kid's party with ponies and face painting clowns.
This shows once again, alcohol and firearms don't mix.
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May 11th, 2008 10:22 PM
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May 11th, 2008 10:51 PM
Idiots at a birthday party?
Twenty years in prison (10, 20, Life?)...for a temper tantrum and a few beers at a party...they belong in prison.
Stay armed...don't party in Miramar...stay safe!
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May 12th, 2008 01:47 AM
All that over a Drink?
What the heck is going on?
May 12th, 2008 06:05 AM
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May 12th, 2008 12:47 PM
Per the statements and read of the news report Footman being the victim twice over and Dudley aggressed against with threatening action (disparity of force) her use of a firearm in defense of herself and her associate was justifiable.
Subsequent shots by the unnamed male third person was also justifiable under general Florida Castle laws.
In theory neither shooter should be charged for anything and the trio of aggressors including the two males who punched Footman should all be charged with assault and battery.
An interesting article with a not all that odd turn of events.
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May 12th, 2008 01:12 PM
THIS IS NUTS.........easier to punch someone and shoot someone than to talk it out
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May 12th, 2008 01:29 PM
If you posters knew the area you'd get it....Huntington was billed as a high end residential/professional neighborhood....the lax lending and real estate market that Florida had allowed many that otherwise were marginal homeowners to stake claim in places where crimes like this would not have occurred.
Again, like the SoFlo gang situation, we're dealing with the cultural Caribbean clash in SoFlo now...with hot tempers, alcohol and firearms mixed in. Crimes like these are happening much more often than reported....
I give the OP accolades for his persistance at getting the news out....keep up the great work!
May 12th, 2008 03:13 PM
"Spoils"? I don't understand the title at all... If there wasn't gunfire at my birthday I'd suspect faulty ammo...
May 12th, 2008 04:33 PM
Sounds like a normal party and they are all fine upstanding citizens and don't have any underlying problems or anything and things just went terribly wrong. None of them seem like criminal types or anything like that. :)
And this kind of stuff is very unusual for South Florida, etc.
Just another day in the world of gimme gimme, gotta have my own way.
Actually, more shocking than the little birthday party is the fact that none of us are really shocked by reading about that kind of thing. This again shows the downward spiral of Western Civilization.
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May 12th, 2008 06:25 PM
why did some man punch a woman i the head to begin with? not just for trying to get a drink. lots of unknowns here.
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May 12th, 2008 06:36 PM
Sounds very strange to me.
The women grabbed their bags and were about to leave
when a second man punched Footman.
May 12th, 2008 07:57 PM
May 12th, 2008 07:59 PM
Yes, I agree we don't know the full story yet; not that that excuses punching a woman in the head....
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