Suspect caught after traffic-dispute stabbing death in Fort Lauderdale


The suspect in a fatal stabbing apparently sparked by a traffic accident is in custody, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

Walter Hart III, 19, of Fort Lauderdale, is charged with second-degree murder and resisting arrest with violence.

The victim, Keema Gooding, 20, of Fort Lauderdale, died hours after the stabbing around noon Wednesday.

BSO homicide detectives followed several leads Thursday morning that led to the fatal stabbing at 3024 NW Eighth Ct.

Detectives went to a home at 1701 NW 15th Pl. where a woman answered the door while the suspect left through a back door and attempted to escape. He was caught with the help of a Fort Lauderdalep olice canine.

Hart was taken to the hospital and then booked into the Broward main jail.

They say earlier in the day Wednesday, a vehicle Gooding was driving was struck by the suspect’s vehicle.

After the crash, Gooding, his girlfriend and friends went to the Northwest Eighth Court location to confront the suspect, detectives said.

During the argument, police say Hart plunged a knife into Gooding’s chest. Friends drove Gooding to Plantation General Hospital. Medical personnel attempted to stabilize him and transferred him to the trauma center at Broward Health Medical Center. Gooding was pronounced dead at 2:11 p.m.

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