Nelson Heck, Vietnam Veteran, Killed Inside His Fort Lauderdale Home

Nelson Heck, a 66-year-old Vietnam veteran, was shot and killed inside his Fort Lauderdale home late Tuesday night, according to police.

Fort Lauderdale Police Detective Travis Mandell says the cops were called just after 11 p.m. Tuesday about a shooting in the 1100 block of NW 48th Street, and neighbors found Heck on the ground with gunshot wounds.

Mandell says a preliminary investigation leads detectives to believe that one or more people entered Heck's home and that "some sort of confrontation ensued."

Detectives also believe that Heck may have grabbed a gun of his own and shot back at the suspect(s) but don't know if anyone else was shot.

Mandell adds that a burglary report was taken by police the night before the shooting, but detectives don't yet know if that's related to Tuesday night's shooting.

As usual, the cops ask that you call them if you know something.

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