Roderick C. Dalton and Robert Jean Morris
By: Sharon Aron Baron
A 22 year old Coral Springs man is dead after being shot while meeting two suspects in the parking lot of Bank of America on Coral Ridge Drive on Monday.
Omar Khan was reportedly shot in the chest by a man who was with an accomplice. Police received a call that a man had been shot and that Khan was said to have left the scene in his vehicle while the suspects were said to have fled in a white Dodge Durango eastbound on Lakeview Drive.
According to the police report, a witness at the scene said she had been parked directly behind Khan’s vehicle at the time of the incident. She had observed a stocky black male with a gun in his hand standing and/or crouching next to the front passenger door of Khan’s black Volkswagen. The suspect then ran away.
The witness, who did not hear any shots, approached Khan’s vehicle. As he began to exit his vehicle, the witness observed him to be in distress and bleeding. The witness told him that she would call the police to which Khan, who was later to discovered to have been shot a total of five times; four times in the right torso and once in the left abdomen replied, “I’m okay, don’t call the police.”
The witness managed to get the Khan’s tag number and pass it on to CSPD dispatch. Another witness reported seeing the Dodge Durango occupied by two black males leaving the scene.
Khan then drove away. He managed to drive his vehicle about two miles to his home where he collapsed outside of it before entering. Police and EMS contacted him where he fell and treated him before he was airlifted to Broward Health North, were he was later pronounced dead.
Three minutes after the initial 911 call, Officer Shawn Burst observed a white Dodge Durango approaching the intersection of Coral Springs Drive and Royal Palm Boulevard where both Roderick C. Dalton, 20, of Kissimmee, Florida and passenger Robert Jean Morris, 23, of Pompano Beach were detained.
The same witness who observed the suspect holding the gun next to the Khan’s vehicle was transported to the scene of the stop where she identified the passenger, Morris, as the person she saw standing next to Khan’s vehicle holding the gun.
No firearm was found on either suspect or inside the Dodge Durango, However, when the suspect, Morris was removed from the vehicle, CSPD Sgt. Gallagher noticed there was blood on the front of the shirt he was wearing.
Police checked surveillance videotape in and around the plaza which revealed that just after the incident, a vehicle thought to the be the suspects, had briefly driven behind a children’s daycare center and then emerged before fleeing eastbound on Lakeview Drive. Officers searched that area near a dumpster and recovered a firearm, which was a Lorcin brand black and silver in color semi-automatic pistol. The serial number had been obliterated.
Both suspects were booked and are being held at the BSO main jail.
Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Coral Springs Talk. CST was created in 2012 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Coral Springs and the rest of South Florida.