Police in Florida are asking for the public's help in finding a man they say shot two people, killing one, and carjacked three cars at gunpoint in the Fort Lauderdale area Tuesday morning.
The FBI, which is assisting in the manhunt, identified the suspect as Gregory B. Moore, 35, and said he was considered "armed and dangerous." One of the victims, according to the Associated Press, was Moore's girlfriend.
The chaos prompted officials to place several schools on lockdown and closed ramps along Interstate 95 in the Fort Lauderdale area, snarling morning rush-hour traffic.
"I can't stress enough how dangerous this person is," FBI Agent Michael Leverock said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. "He has shown he is going to use violence .... There's no question he's desperate."
According to the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, the crime rampage began about 8 a.m., when an armed suspect forced a woman and her teenage son to drive him to the interstate.
He released them and drove southbound on the highway, where he allegedly carjacked another vehicle about five minutes later and headed east, Leverock said.
At 8:30 a.m., the suspect shot a man and a woman in front of an insurance company office in Hallandale Beach, Leverock said. The man later died of his wounds, and the woman was in critical condition at a local hospital, authorities said.
The identities of the victims have not been released, but the Associated Press reported that police believed the woman was Moore's girlfriend.
After the shootings, the suspect fled north in the second stolen vehicle, attempting two more carjackings along northbound I-95 within 15 minutes, officials said.
He failed, but five minutes later police say the gunman successfully carjacked a third vehicle, a silver Mercedes. Minutes later he crashed near the Broward Boulevard ramp and was last seen fleeing on foot, authorities said.
Several law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, Fort Lauderdale police and Broward County Sheriff’s Department, were searching for the suspect.
Broward County Public Schools reported that by midafternoon all school lockdowns had been lifted.
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