CUTLER BAY: Discovery of a dead body near a crash site

August 12, 2009 by  
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CUTLER BAY, Fla. (WSVN) — Police are investigating the discovery of a dead body near a crash site after reports of gunfire in the area.



Both Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue responded to reports of a shooting and a vehicle crash in the area of Old Cutler Road and Marlin Road just before 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Old Cutler Road had to be shutdown while police conducted their investigation. Police have not announced whether the deceased died as a result of the collision against the tree or a bullet wound. They did, however, report that someone riding in another car sideswiped the victim and a someone in that car may have shot at him.

Police have asked other police units to be on the lookout for a 2009 Black or Dark Blue Nissan Maxima or similar vehicle with dark tinted windows, which may have one or two occupants inside. It is missing a driver-side headlight, part of the bumper and a side mirror after it sideswiped the victim’s vehicle.

The suspect vehicle was last seen traveling eastbound on Old Cutler Road. If you have any information on the whereabouts of this car or its occupants, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.

Blogger George Sodini Kills 4 people at LA Fitness

(CNN) — A gunman walked into an LA Fitness gym outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, turned off the lights and fired off 50 rounds, killing three women before killing himself Tuesday evening, police said.


The man didn’t speak but was carrying a gym bag with a note inside it. He was found dead in the gym lying on top a gun about 7 feet away from a victim, said Charles Moffatt, Allegheny County police superintendent.

At least 10 other people were injured in the barrage of bullets that sent people in the gym ducking for cover, Moffatt said.

A law enforcement source identified the gunman as George Sodini, a 48-year-old gym member.

Moffatt would not release the name of the victims during a Wednesday news conference.

Sodini was a systems analyst in the finance department of K&L Gates, a law firm with an office in Pittsburgh, said Mike Rick, a spokesman for the firm. Sodini had worked for the firm since 1999, Rick said.

Neighbors described Sodini as a bit of a recluse. They said he had stopped talking to neighbors.

The gunman apparently was on a mission, Moffatt said.

“He did what he set out to do, and I think nobody could have stopped him, ” he said. Video Watch whom the shooter may have been targeting »

Moffatt would not confirm a newspaper report that Sodini’s ex-girlfriend was wounded in the shooting.

He also did not say what was written on the note that was found in Sodini’s gym bag. But the law enforcement source said that the gunman in the note “talks about his hatred of women.”

Sodini entered the fitness center around 8 p.m. Tuesday and went straight to an aerobics classroom, where he opened fire with multiple handguns, Moffatt said.

More than two guns have been recovered, the law enforcement source said, and at least one was registered to Sodini.

The shooting victims arrived at three major hospitals in the area.

A spokeswoman for UPMC Mercy Hospital confirmed five female shooting victims arrived at the facility with multiple gunshot wounds. “All arrived in critical condition,” hospital spokeswoman Linda Ross said. “Three of them were upgraded to serious condition overnight.”

Allegheny General Hospital received two wounded patients at its trauma center, a spokesman said. Both victims are women and were listed in fair condition early Wednesday.

A St. Clair Hospital spokesman said three shooting victims arrived there Tuesday night; two were in stable condition and one, who was shot in the chest, died at about 8:55 p.m.

Perry Calabro of nearby Bridgeville told CNN he was between racquetball games at the gym when he suddenly heard screaming and multiple gunshots. He said he ran out but didn’t see the gunman or others.

Other witnesses told CNN affiliate WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh that the lights went out before they saw flashes in dark, later realizing it was gunfire.

Sodini apparently left behind an online diary that details his loneliness and longing for a female companion — and his growing rage at what he perceived as rejection by women. The diary lists Sodini’s dates of birth and death, with the death date listed as Tuesday, the same day as the shootings.

The source who identified Sodini provided a month and year of birth that matches the birth date listed on Sodini’s diary.

The diary seems to offer a rare glimpse into the mind of the suspected killer.

“Why do this?? To young girls? Just read below. I kept a running log that includes my thoughts and actions after I saw this project was going to drag on,” the diary begins.

Throughout the log, the writer refers to a shooting that he is planning as an “exit plan.”

The first entry is November 5, 2008. “Planned to do this in the summer but figure to stick around to see the election outcome,” it says.

The December 22 entry says: “Time is moving along. Planned to have this done already. I will just keep a running log here as time passes. Many of the young girls here look so beautiful as to not be human, very edible. After joining this gym, started lifting weights and like it.”

The Web site on which the diary appears is registered to George Sodini of Pittsburgh. It lists an address in or near Scott Township. The law enforcement source said Sodini lived in Scott Township.

Boynton Beach: Armed robbery shooting leaves 1 Injured

July 14, 2009 by  
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Two men exchanged gunfire early this morning in what might have been an armed robbery, police said.


One of the two men was shot in the left leg and right arm.

Prentess Pernell Wheeler, 23, of Boynton Beach, was taken to Bethesda Memorial Hospital and is expected to recover, spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said.

Wheeler told investigators the confrontation took place about 2:30 a.m. as he and Ahkeem McPherson, 26, also of Boynton Beach, stood outside a home in the 2000 block of Northwest Second Street.

He said another man dressed in black came out from the backyard and shot him with a large caliber rifle.

Police said Wheeler, who has a concealed weapons permit, said he returned fire with his 9mm handgun.

Police do not know if the gunman was struck.

Detectives believe there may be two assailants and the incident was an attempted robbery.

Police found three cars in the driveway pocked with bullet holes and found numerous shell casings on the ground.

No one else was hurt, police said.

Six people, including a 16-year-old boy and a 3-year-old boy, were in the home at the time of the shooting. No one else was hurt, police said.

Anyone with information should call detective Alex Moreno, 742-6138; detective Midian Diaz, 742-6113; Sgt. Paul Sheridan, 742-6133; or Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County, (800) 458- TIPS.

Anonymous tips also may be submitted via

Staff photographer Lannis Waters contributed to this story.

Source: The Palm Beach Post

Security guard shoots man in West Palm shopping plaza

December 31, 2008 by  
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A security guard shot his estranged wife’s boyfriend in the stomach in the parking lot of a shopping plaza in suburban West Palm Beach tonight, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

The security guard, whose name has not been released, was in uniform and in the parking lot of the Polo Grounds Shopping Plaza, which contains a Publix supermarket, near the intersection of Military Trail and Summit Boulevard around 8:30 p.m., according to a sheriff’s report. He was not working security at that plaza however.

The guard got into an argument with the boyfriend, according to a sheriff’s report. The guard, separated from his wife, shot the boyfriend in the stomach several times, according to the report.

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper, who was in the plaza, was nearby and arrested the guard. Sheriff’s deputies have taken him into custody while they investigate.

The boyfriend, described a being in his 30s, was flown by helicopter to Delray Medical Center in serious condition.

Man arrested in shooting death of step-father

December 28, 2008 by  
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A 31-year-old Lake County man has been arrested and charged with killing his step-father and shooting his mother, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

At about 2:13 p.m., deputies responded to a home in the Pine Lakes area of Eustis and discovered that Daniel Rodgers had been shot and killed and Gloria Rodgers had been shot in the arm.

The home belongs to Brian Michael Boardway, 31, and investigators said he is the alleged shooter. He has been charged with first degree murder and attempted first degree murder.

Boardway is being held at the Lake County Jail without bond.

Boardway’s mother, Gloria Rodgers, is a clerk with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and investigators said she and Boardway’s step-father, Daniel Rodgers, came to the house for an unknown reason.

Gloria Rodgers is being treated at Florida Hospital Waterman.