Police Investigate Shooting in Pembroke Pines Gated Community

Police Investigate Shooting in Pembroke Pines Gated Community

One of the suspects was shot and injured while the other two suspects fled, police said

By Gilma Avalos
|  Monday, May 7, 2012  |  Updated 10:04 AM EDT
Authorities are investigating a shooting that left one man injured after he broke into a home inside a gated community in Pembroke Pines on Sunday, police said.


Around 9:30 a.m., 22-year-old Clifford Atis, a tenant living in a Pembroke Pines gated community, was woken up by the sounds of intruders inside of his home at 12021 SW 14th Street, the Pembroke Pines Police Department said.

Police said those intruders were 23-year-old Wendell Rozier and another unknown man, while a third unknown man waited in a white Pontiac Grand Prix outside.

The men’s plans to burglarize the home were foiled, though, when the tenant shot one of them in the leg, officials said.

The would-be burglars made a run for it, hoping into the white car, police said. They drove for a couple of blocks but eventually two of the men took off running, leaving the car and the injured suspect behind, according to a report.

The early morning ordeal came as a surprise to some neighbors.

“It’s not really bad around here, it’s normally peaceful, occasionally you have crazy people here,” said Amir, a tenant at the complex who did not give his last name.

It is unknown how the suspects got through the complex’s security gate, investigators said. Signs posted by the gate warn intruders that only residents are welcome and there’s no trespassing allowed.

“I don’t think the security is good enough anyway. They let everyone in,” said Daniella, who also lives in the complex.

“Six months ago, burglars broke into my house too and they stole all my stuff,” said Angelo, another resident, who told NBC 6 he was planning to move out in a few months.

Police said it appeared the victim and the suspects did not know one another.

NBC 6 dialed the number listed online for the management company at The Resort. The person who answered the phone said there was no comment at this point.

The injured suspect was treated at a hospital for non-life threatening injuries, police said.

His accomplices managed to evade K9 units and are still on the run, according to authorities.