Man wanted for Miami shooting spree caught in Port St. Lucie backyard

07/31/2012 5:00 AM

07/31/2012 5:22 PM

The man wanted in connection with the shooting of three people after a domestic dispute has been arrested in Port St. Lucie, about 100 miles away from Miami.

Details of how the suspect, identified as Erin Cash, 23, got away are still fuzzy.

According to U.S. Marshal spokesman Barry Golden, Cash was found in a friend’s backyard. An “associate” from Opa-locka dropped him off at the home.

“He gave up on the spot,” he said. “He came out and surrendered. We surrounded the house back and he was caught trying to run out the back door.”

According to Miami police spokesman William Moreno, an argument with Cash’s unidentified girlfriend triggered the shooting spree as they drove with their 3-year-old son around 8 a.m. Sunday.

Police said the fight grew heated and Cash threatened to kill the woman and their toddler. The woman jumped out of a moving Pontiac at Northwest 13th Avenue and 41st Street.

Cash took off and dropped off the toddler at his mother’s home, police said.

Cash then headed to the Liberty City home of his girlfriend, where he opened fire, wounding one of her brothers, police said. He then jumped back into his car and tracked down a second brother, wounding him, too, police said.

He then opened fire on the street on a third person, but missed and wounded a bystander instead, police said.

At first, police thought a gunman was shooting randomly at people on the street and put out an urgent bulletin.

According to an arrest affidavit, Cash is charged with three counts of attempted murder, one count of battery, one count of kidnapping and one count of robbery.

It is still unclear what exactly prompted Cash to allegedly attack his girlfriend’s family.

Golden says Cash admitted to Miami detectives he kept his eyes on the headlines.

“He has been monitoring the manhunt for him,” Golden said. “He has kept constant tabs on the news, TV, radio, newspapers, Facebook, Twitter and any social media.

“He knew they were coming as he monitored his entire crime.”

This article will be updated as the information becomes available.

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