A youth football coach was gunned down execution-style after practice Thursday night in front of his players.
Dave Williams, the 43-year-old coach, advised a gathering of youngsters to run when he saw men with firearms headed towards him at Mills Pond Park in Fort Lauderdale. WSVN-TV reported.
Fort Lauderdale police Williams succumbed to his injuries from various gunshot wounds and died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. His executioners fled.
“We don’t know whether there (were) contentions,” criminologist Tracy Figone told the station.
Prior to the incident, Williams had treated his 30 players to treats and Gatorade, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
“I just heard the shots, ran in that direction and found one of my coaches on the ground, fighting for his life,” Jamaal Gaines, president of the Fort Lauderdale Hurricanes youth football club, told the paper.
Gaines said 600 grown-ups and youngsters, ranging in age from 4 to 14, were in the recreation center at the time.
Detectives said the motive is not clear yet and the investigation is ongoing. The shooter (s) have not been found yet.