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.