Lauderdale Lakes Shooting: Vishna Beepot Named as Alleged Shooter

This morning, the Broward Sheriff's Office announced a shooting inside a Lauderdale Lakes bar -- 12 people were hit by bullets, and two died.

The cops now say the alleged shooter is 26-year-old Vishna Beepot, who died shortly after the gunbattle that occurred inside the bar.

The unarmed man Beepot is said to have been arguing with, 35-year-old Junior Lodge, was also killed in the shooting.

Earlier today, the BSO's Dani Moschella told New Times they got a call at 3:19 a.m. about a shooting at the South Rock Lounge Bar & Grill, described as "a popular but typically peaceful Caribbean strip mall bar."

The shooting started after Beepot allegedly pulled the gun on Lodge, and a security guard at the bar pulled out his gun and attempted to order Beepot to drop his, the cops say.

That led to ten other people inside the bar being shot, although it's still not clear whether all of those bullets allegedly came from Beepot's gun.

The cops have also released the names of the ten injured: Anna Layne, 49; Mervyn Francis, 51; Dwight Jones, 52; Stewart Knott, 31; Josephine Grant, 32; Marlon Dinnall, 21; Shameila Wright, 19; Vincent Robinson, 62; Ayana Murray, 20; and Varindra Lallharry, 24.

Moschella says two sheriff's deputies were off-duty but were hired by the bar as security outside the building at the time of the shooting. She says they were stationed at the front and rear entrances of the bar but did not witness the shooting.

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