Miami Negligent Security News: Lauderdale Lakes Nightclub Shooting Results in 2 Deaths; 10 Additional Victims Hurtby Gerson & Schwartz, P.A.
MIAMI, FL— September 13, 2011 - Officials from the Broward Sheriff’s Office appear to be investigating a deadly shooting that occurred at a well-known Lauderdale Lakes nightclub during the early hours of Sept. 8. According to information provided by the Miami Herald, two people, including a man who drew a firearm during an argument at the club, were killed, while 10 others suffered various injuries in the Broward shootout.
Reports indicated Vishna Beepot, a 26-year-old North Lauderdale man, pulled out his gun when an argument arose at the unspecified Lauderdale Lakes nightclub. Although an unidentified security guard also drew his firearm, demanding that Beepot put his down, Beepot refused to do so.
During the subsequent exchange of gunfire, both Beepot and another club-goer, 35-year-old Lauderdale Lakes resident Junior Lodge, suffered fatal gunshot wounds. Although the nightclub security guard managed to escape injury in the shootout, 10 additional shooting victims suffered unspecified injuries. The extent of their wounds remained unclear.
A full investigation into the double-fatal Lauderdale Lakes shooting was expected to be underway.
Over the weekend, a separate nightclub shooting in Palmetto, Florida also left two people dead. In that case, ABC Action News reports stated another 22 victims were hospitalized with various injuries. Although officials from the Palmetto Police Department have yet to make any arrests in connection with that particular shooting, Lt. Scott Tyler said .762 and .556 caliber ammunition was found at the scene, suggesting AK-47 and AR-15 rifles were likely used.
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