Gunman Kills Prospective Home Buyer During Showing (UPDATED)
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Update: Broward Sheriff's Office homicide detectives have released the name of the victim as Kenol Jean, 51, of Pompano Beach.
A married couple were looking at a home in Washington Park they were interested in buying with their real estate agent when a gunman walked in and fired his gun, killing the husband.
According to BSO, the real estate agent was showing the newly renovated home located at 2729 N.W. 6 Ct. in Fort Lauderdale when an assailant described as a bearded man in his mid-to-late 50s with salt-and-pepper hair walked in and fired at them.
The shooter is still on the loose and is considered armed and dangerous.
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According to BSO spokeswoman Dani Moschella, homicide detectives say they believe the motive in the shooting was robbery.
The home had been just fixed up, painted yellow, and put on the market on Tuesday. The shooting happened Thursday morning around 10:00 a.m. according to BSO. Police were called, and Jean was rushed to Broward Health Medical where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
The victims were looking at this newly-renovated home in Washington Park
BSO was able to obtain surveillance video from a gas station not far from the home they believe shows the possible suspect running away moments after the shooting. Another video shows the suspected gunman speaking with a driver of a white Pontiac Grand Am. He opens the door, but the car then drives off without him.
The shooter is described is dressed in blue jeans, a black, beige and maroon, checkered, long-sleeve, button-down shirt and a hat.
The real estate company the couple had hired to show them the home released a statement following the shooting.
"We are deeply saddened about the tragic event that took place today while an agent was showing a property," the statement reads. "Because this is a police matter, all questions should be referred to the authorities."
BSO is asking anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Homicide Detective John Curcio at (954) 321-4210 or anonymously report information to Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-8477, or online at browardcrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $3,000 for an anonymous tip that leads to an arrest.
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