At a Sunday night block party in Pompano Beach involving more than 100 revelers, the shooting of fireworks turned into a spray of gunfire that left one man dead, one gravely wounded and two others with minor gunshot injuries.
Two of the wounded were dropped off at Broward General Medical Center in a private vehicle.
No one was in custody as of Monday morning, said Mike Jachles, spokesman for the Broward Sheriff's Office.
The dead man was identified as Armando Pereda, 25, of Davie.
The critically wounded victim is Mathieu Joseph, 26, of Deerfield Beach.
Eric Coq, 20, and Jimmy Junior Thompkins, 24, received minor injuries.
The shootings happened just before midnight. The street party, in the 800 block of Northwest Fifth Avenue, featured the shooting off of fireworks left over from the July 4th holiday.
Both ends of the street had been blocked off. Block parties on the street are a common holiday occurrence, said Angela Mosley, who was trying to sleep through the racket.
Then the noise changed from the celebratory pop of fireworks to the staccato of gunfire.
Rosalind Jones, who has lived on the street for 30 years, was sitting in a lawn chair in her front yard when the gunfire erupted.
''I had to run for my life,'' she said. Authorities said more than one gun was fired during the violence.
Dozens of shell casings were found on the street Monday morning.
Connie Owens, who lives near where Pereda's body was found, said law officers were called to the street at least two times Sunday night. They quieted the crowd, but the noise rekindled when they left,'' she said.
The Broward Sheriff's Office did not confirm that. BSO did say the party-goers scattered in all directions when law officers arrived. Some of them left behind their cars.
During the party, Owens was trying to watch her television but it was too noisy outside. Then she heard the gunfire. She looked outside her window and saw a man bleeding in the street.
Monday morning, her Dodge Stratus, parked out front during the revelry, was pockmarked with bullet holes and its rear window was blasted out. She wept as she surveyed it.
The street was filled with spent bottle rockets, Roman candles and assorted trash. Amid the trash: a pool of blood that a team from fire rescue's hazardous material unit had to clean up.