By Ryan Yousefi
A Coral Springs man was arrested and charged with premeditated murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after firing multiple shots into a vehicle outside a convenience store.
On April 22, the Coral Springs Police Department responded to the report of a shooting that occurred at the Handy Food Store located at 7798 Wiles Road.
According to a sequence of events outlined in warrant documents, the Coral Springs Police Department received a call from a woman who reported that her boyfriend was shot at and struck in the neck while driving his vehicle.
The woman told officers she was calling from her vehicle as she transported the victim to Broward Health Coral Springs, where he was treated and in stable condition with a three-inch laceration on his neck.
According to the victim’s statement, her boyfriend had entered the Handy Food Store to purchase lottery tickets while she remained in the truck. As he was buying the tickets, he observed two unknown Hispanic males provoking his dog, and the two males exchanged words.
The report says the woman told officers her boyfriend returned to his pickup truck and attempted to exit the parking lot when the two males stood in front of his vehicle.
Witnesses told law enforcement investigators that after some tense moments, one of the men, later identified as Alex Godines, 27, of Coral Springs, pulled out a revolver and fired approximately five shots into the pickup truck, striking the windshield and hood.
The report says Godines and the other man entered a gray SUV and fled southbound on Woodside Drive.
The victim confirmed to officers that the shooter was Godines, who he said also frequents the Handy Food Store.
Local law enforcement included in warrant documents that they’re familiar with Godines, who they say goes by the name of “California,” and knew him to drive a gray 2016 Dodge, as the one described by witnesses, in the past.
According to crime scene records, projectiles were recovered from within the interior roof of the vehicle, and one projectile fragment was on the floor behind the driver’s seat. The victim’s car was struck six times in total.
To further confirm Godine as the shooter, the report says the victim was presented with a double-blind lineup of photos and chose Godines as the many that shot him.
Godines has a history of run-ins with the law, including locally. In 2020, Coral Springs Talk reported on his arrest on charges of domestic battery of a pregnant victim after a standoff with police.
During the 2020 incident, Godines, armed with a knife, barricaded himself inside a bedroom with two young children.
Following the shooting, several officers responded to Godines’ known address but could not locate him or his vehicle.
On April 23, Godines was located, taken into custody, arrested, and transported to the Broward County Main Jail.
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- Ryan Yousefi has lived in Coral Springs for over 30 years. He has worked as a writer for multiple outlets over the years, including the Miami New Times where he has covered sports and culture since 2013. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Business Healthcare Management from Western Governors University.
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