One person was killed and three others were wounded in a shooting which happened in a parking garage in Fort Lauderdale FL.
According to Casey Liening, a spokeswoman for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department (FLPD), the shooting occurred at around 0415 a.m. on the first floor of a parking garage located on the 100 block of Southwest Fifth Avenue.
During the investigation, FLPD officers determined an argument which started in a night club on Saturday carried over to the parking garage resulting in the shooting.
Paramedics were quickly on the scene and transported a total of three people to Broward Health Medical Center for treatment. Details concerning their injuries where not released, however, Leining said their injuries were not life threatening.
Close relatives of the shooter said 25-year-old Bidline Vil has a license to carry concealed and acted in self-defense when he fired on his aggressor, killing him.
Debbie Anestor, Vil’s aunt, said he had to shoot to protect those around him:
“He saved many lives by killing him. He’s a hero,” Anestor told Local 10 News.
Vil is in the hospital recovering after he was shot 5 times himself during the firefight in the garage, being wounded in his thigh, buttocks and arm, while his girlfriend was also shot in the leg.
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