Investigators with the Broward Sheriff’s Office are still trying to determine the exact chain of events that led to a teenager losing her life in the crossfire at a motel this week.
The 17-year-old was found suffering from a gunshot wound to the face early Wednesday at the Travelodge in Pompano Beach. She later died at the hospital.
Meanwhile, detectives have charged 23-year-old Jayla Patton and 19-year-old D’Angelo Cincord with murder in connection with the shooting.
They remain at the Broward County Jail without bond.
BSO spokeswoman Miranda Grossman tells our news partner, WPTV NewsChannel 5, that the suspects were observed leaving the room immediately after the incident.
It all apparently started when Patton and the teen victim’s relative began arguing for unknown reasons.
Things quickly escalated from there.
According to Grossman, “The victim’s family member told Patton that the person she was looking for was not in the room. The family member was able to push Patton out of the way in order to close the door.”
Soon thereafter, the gunfire began just outside the room, striking the unidentified teen, who was still inside.
However, officials are still sorting out the details of the incident, and emphasize that the investigation is in its preliminary stages.
They did say that the victim was likely not the intended target.