The Florida girl, 13, is one of three people shot in a nearby discussion about a dangerous dog
- The shooting took place in Port St Lucie on Sunday afternoon after the hearing, where a judge declared the shooter’s dog dangerous
- Police say the dog owner took a gun, went to his neighbor’s house and opened fire, killing a man and fatally injuring a 13-year-old girl
- The police responded and exchanged gunshots with the suspect; Officer sustained a gunshot wound to the arm
- After a two-hour hiatus, the SWAT team found the suspect dead in the upstairs bedroom in the victims’ house
Three people, including a 13-year-old Florida girl, were shot on Sunday after an apparent neighbor dispute over a dangerous dog that resulted in offices exchanging armed fire with an armed suspect.
Among the victims are a man and a teenage girl, according to the Port St. Lucie Police Department and the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect who shot dead was also dead, but officials did not know whether he had been killed by the police by the gunfire or whether he had committed suicide.
The authorities briefly rushed to a house on the 2500 block of SE Morningside Boulevard in Port St. Lucie at around 12:30 PM when a girl called and said someone was shooting her parents.
A Florida man and 13-year-old girl were shot on Sunday after an argument with a neighbor over his dangerous dog
Police rushed to the scene in the 2500 block of SE Morningside Boulevard in Port St. Lucie after the girl called 911 and said someone shot her parents
“If you heard this emergency call, the hair on your neck would rise. A little girl calls 911 and says someone is shooting into our house, I think our parents are dead. “I think our family is dead,” said Sheriff Ken Mascara of St. Lucie County.
He said officers had already found the adult male victim dead in the garage, adding that the 13-year-old girl was seriously injured and later died in a hospital.
The shooting seemed to stem from a dispute over a dog, said Port St. Lucie Police Assistant Chief Richard Del Toro.
“The dog was declared dangerous in court today and he owned the dog and he went there to confront his neighbors and this is what happened,” said Del Toro, according to Treasure Coast newspapers.
At least two other victims managed to escape from the house and were taken to hospital. Their conditions are unknown.
Authorities said that a police officer from Port St. Lucie also sustained a gunshot wound to his arm during the shooting. He is expected to recover.
Port St. Lucie Police Chief Richard Del Toro said the shooter’s dog was declared dangerous by a judge on Sunday morning
“Our agents met the suspect in the victim’s house,” said Del Toro. “Our agents and a deputy, who worked at the school across the street, immediately responded to the place and exchanged gunfire with the suspect.”
Police said the shooter barricaded himself in the victims’ house for two hours before a SWAT team entered the home and found him dead in a second-floor bedroom, reported CBS12.
Officials did not immediately identify the victims, the alleged gunman or the officers.
“It is shocking and tragic. It’s not typical of this neighborhood or the city, but we’re going to do everything we can to find all the reasons why, ”said Del Toro.