A father of 3 stepped out of a friend’s home, then was killed, Fort Lauderdale police say

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A man stepped outside a home in Fort Lauderdale early Friday morning and was shot and killed, police say.

According to Fort Lauderdale police detective Ali Adamson, 34-year-old Brett Shell was shot while leaving his friend’s house around 4:50 a.m. Friday at 630 NW 10th Ter.

As Shell walked to his car in the parking lot, someone started shooting at him, police said. Shell, a father of three who lived in Pompano Beach, died in the parking lot, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue said.

No one else was hurt and detectives are trying to figure out a motive, Adamson said.

Police don’t have a suspect yet, but Adamson said “detectives do not currently believe there is a threat to public safety.”

Shell’s father, Ron Shell, told reporters his son may have been targeted because he “was known to carry large amounts of cash and may have been at the home for a gambling operation,” he told NBC6.

Neighbors said they heard gunfire that sounded like “firecrackers” and told CBS4 they had seen Brett Shell in the area “often.”

Fort Lauderdale police say that if anyone saw the shooting or has any information on a suspect or suspects, they can call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477. They can also call Detective Sergeant Steve Novak at 954-828-5556, or Det. Mike Benson at 954-828-6561.

Shell had been arrested on several drug possession charges in 2005 and 2008 and reckless driving and driving without a valid license in 2011, according to court records in Broward County.