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UPDATED: Man Arrested After Child, Woman Shot in Fort Lauderdale as “Innocent Victims”


Early Sunday, Fort Lauderdale Police confirmed that 60-year-old Lauderhill resident Stanley Johnson had been arrested in connection with the shooting.

They charged him with two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Additionally, police say that Johnson confessed to his role in the shooting, after being identified by a witness.



Two people, including an 11-year-old child, were shot near the Broward Metro Transit Center on Saturday evening, according to Fort Lauderdale police.

The other injured person is an adult woman.

Fort Lauderdale police say the two were innocent victims. They were walking near Broward Blvd. around 6:40 p.m. when a group of people next to them got into an argument.

Someone began shooting, and the child and woman were caught in the crossfire.

“They were just at the wrong place at the wrong time,” says Frank Sousa, assistant chief for Fort Lauderdale Police.

He explains there was some “some sort of disturbance” in the area of NW 1st St. and NW 1st Ave. “Eventually that disturbance led to gunfire,” Sousa adds. “This is a senseless shooting. This shouldn’t have happened, where ultimately it ended up impacting a young child who was out here innocently.”

Police sealed off the area where the shooting occurred, to search for clues.

“We don’t have much in terms of a description at this point. Investigators are on the scene combing through surveillance cameras and speaking to witnesses,” Sousa says.

The two individuals were taken to Broward Medical Center. Their conditions have not been released.

Police do not have a description of the shooter and are asking the public for assistance that could help lead them to the person or persons responsible.

Contact Fort Lauderdale Police at (954) 764-4357 or Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-8477 with any information that could help solve this case.