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Man shot after intervening in harassment of homeless man in Florida, suspect at large

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Sept. 23–A 57-year-old Hollywood man was shot dead Friday morning in West Park after he intervened when a homeless man was being verbally assaulted by another man, police said.

Philip Antonino was shot multiple times and died at the hospital, said Gina Carter, a spokeswoman for the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

The shooter ran away and remains at large. He was bald and clean shaven, had a thin build and was possibly in his 30s. He was about 5 feet 8 inches tall and wore black jeans and a long-sleeve black shirt with white text on the sleeves, Carter said.

The scene played out about 9 a.m. Friday next door to a Kwik Stop at 5551 W. Hallandale Beach Blvd., east of State Road 7.

Antonino was walking back to work when he noticed a man “berating an elderly homeless man” who was cutting the grass next door to the convenience store, Carter said.

“Antonino stepped in and told the man to back off,” Carter said. “Moments after their first words, the suspect pulled out a gun and shot Antonino multiple times.”

The shooter ran northbound on West 56th Avenue, Carter said.

Investigators urge anyone with information about the shooter or the shooting to contact Detective Valerian Perez at 954-321-4356. Anonymous tips can be made to Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477 or online at www.browardcrimestoppers.org.

Broward Sheriff’s Office / courtesy

Philip Antonino, 57, of Hollywood, (middle) was shot multiple times by the man pictured on the left, authorities said. (Broward Sheriff’s Office / courtesy)

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