Cops Invade Neighborhood, Evacuate Apartment Complex, After Reports of Gunfire UPDATED

Update: Police reportedly have a suspect in custody. They have not yet released the suspect's name, but say he has a long criminal history.

It's one thing to wake up to the sound of gunshots in the wee hours of the morning. Quite another to have to walk outside and wait in the bitter cold for the cops to sort out the trouble.

Apartment buildings near Johnson Street, Pierce Street and North 29 Ave. were evacuated by police early Thursday morning after reports of gunshots in the area surfaced.

According to Hollywood Police, calls of gunfire coming from an apartment came at around 6 a.m. Police had tenants living in the building where the gunshots were reported leave their units and wait on the street in the cold.

Cops discovered shell casings outside the door of one of the apartment units, according to Hollywood Police.

But there was no victim or perp found anywhere, at least none police are revealing at this time. While the unit was found empty, law enforcement believe one person lives in said apartment, which was found with broken jalousie windows.

According to the Sun-Sentinel, police came into the neighborhood in droves, and residents were asked to evacuate the area.

They did. And, since there was no place to gather, they had to stand away from the building swaddled in blankets as cops searched the building.

One resident was awoken by loud banging on his door, and then a gang of police with guns drawn in his face.


"My first thought was that they were raiding my apartment," the man told the Sun-Sentinel.

SWAT officers were called in to patrol the area where the shell casings were found.

The man who reportedly lives in the apartment has not yet been contacted or found.

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