South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday)

Man dancing with gun when it fired, killing woman, police say

- By Angie DiMichele

An Oakland Park man has been arrested in connection with the early-morning shooting at a Lauderhill apartment complex on Jan. 27 that killed 22-year-old Regina Vidal.

Hugo Lazo, 24, was among a group of friends who were hanging out at Vidal’s apartment in the

2000 block of Northwest 46th Avenue between about 2:30 a.m. to just before 6 a.m., a probable cause affidavit said.

A Ring doorbell camera at the apartment complex recorded a group of people walking toward Vidal’s apartment shortly before

2:30 a.m. Shortly before 5 a.m., the same group was seen again on the surveillan­ce camera walking toward Vidal’s apartment. At

5:57 a.m., a man was seen walking away from Vidal’s apartment in the hallway apparently crying, the affidavit said.

Lazo allegedly was holding a gun while dancing in Vidal’s living room while others were sitting on couches when it fired, and a bullet hit the right side of her head, the affidavit said. One of the witnesses who was inside Vidal’s apartment told Lauderhill Police that Lazo was the only person inside who was holding a gun.

Another witness, who said he is a longtime friend of Lazo’s, told police that he had a disagreeme­nt with someone at the apartment whose name is redacted in the affidavit, walked outside and, when he went to go back in, heard a gunshot while he was in the hallway, the affidavit said.

The witness walked back into the apartment and saw that Vidal had been shot, according to the affidavit. Lazo told him he “f—– up” once he came back inside.

It is unclear who the witness said he had a disagreeme­nt with. Vidal’s name and the names of the witnesses are redacted in the affidavit. Lauderhill Police previously identified Vidal as the victim.

There was a video camera in the apartment pointing toward where officers found Vidal lying after she was shot, but it was not recording. Vidal was pronounced dead at the scene, the affidavit said.

Another witness told police she did not see anyone in the apartment holding a gun but heard “a muffling sound” and then saw Vidal bleeding and unresponsi­ve as Lazo stood over her, according to the affidavit. The witness said there were a few guns on a coffee table in the room near where Lazo was standing.

She told police she confronted Lazo after the shooting and he apologized, then left the apartment before police arrived, the affidavit said.

U.S. Marshals helped Lauderhill Police take Lazo into custody on Wednesday. Vidal and Lazo were not in relationsh­ip, the police department said in a news release Thursday.

Lazo is facing one count of manslaught­er with a firearm. He was held in the Broward Main Jail as of Friday.

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