Thursday, December 29, 2005

Pompano Beach, Florida

From the Miami Herald of December 29, 2005
BSO: Dead Pompano man fired the first shots in gunfight

A man who died in a fatal shooting Wednesday night was involved in a gunfight and fired the first shots, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.

Randolph Canion, 50, was shot and killed in front of his home at 710 NW 19th Avenue in Pompano Beach at 6:36 p.m. Wednesday, BSO said.

Detectives have determined that the shooting stemmed from a long-running neighborhood feud that surfaced several weeks ago when two children got into a fight on a school bus.

At about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, the dead man's son, Randolph Canion, Jr., 30, got involved in a verbal dispute with several men standing at the corner of NW 19th Avenue and 7th Street, BSO said.

Standing about 50 feet apart, Randolph Jr. and the other men shouted angrily at each other. According to witnesses, Randolph Sr. came out of his yard, carrying a handgun, and opened fire, shooting several times at the men arguing with his son, but hitting no one, according to the sheriff's office.

Two of the men on the corner, Jonathan ''Kooda'' Smith, 24, and Ricky McKinnis, 28, drew their own handguns, BSO said. McKinnis and Smith both fired. Randolph Canion, Sr. was hit twice and died, BSO said.

Both Smith and McKinnis have valid Florida concealed firearm permits. Smith ran to a nearby house, dialed 911 and said he had been involved in a shooting, directing deputies to his location where he turned over his weapon and surrendered, BSO said.

McKinnis also remained on scene and surrendered. Both men gave statements to homicide detectives and were released, BSO said.

The investigation is continuing. Upon completion, the case will be forwarded to the State Attorney's Office to determine whether any charges should be filed.

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