Shooting scare at Miramar Town Center leaves one dead; three suspects questioned by police
01/22/2014 10:59 AM
01/22/2014 9:38 PM
Miramar Police were questioning three suspects in a shooting death near the busy Miramar Town Center complex, which was shut down for more than three hours Wednesday.
Dozens of heavily armed police officers worked the area around the complex - which includes City Hall, a library, community college and arts center - before finding three suspects - two in the library and another walking in a nearby neighborhood.
The Town Center reopened at about 12:30 p.m. while the library remained closed for some additional time as police and a K-9 unit searched the building for evidence.
Police said the drama started when Joey Delancy Jr., 23, of Hollywood, showed up in the 6100 block of Southwest 41st Street around 9 a.m. to visit a friend, according to police spokeswoman Tania Rues.
Shortly after Delancy parked, he was shot before entering the home. He died at the scene. Witnesses later told police suspects in a red Nissan Altima took off. Police later located the car in the library parking lot.
“We still have not been able to determine motive,” Rues said. “There was some type of confrontation in the driveway.”
Though the library doesn’t open until 10 a.m., the building contains classrooms for Nova Southeastern University and Broward College.
Three Broward College students leaving the library Wednesday afternoon described a calm scene inside their aviation class on the second floor.
As police roamed the hallways telling students to lock classroom doors, many started started texting to get more information.
“For the most part people were chill,” said Ethan Hintze, 19, of Oakland Park.
Some students made good use of the time. While they waited, they practiced running simulations in the lab, said Savanna Hintze, 25, Ethan’s sister.
“It was business as usual,” she said.
Then officers herded students into a second-floor cafeteria where a team of officers with a K-9 unit had students put up their hands and patted them down.
Student Michael Satoro, 21, of West Palm Beach estimates that 80 students and 20 police officers were in the building.
“They put us all into one room,” he said.
No Nova students were in the building during the lockdown, said Nova spokeswoman Julie Spechler.
A nearby elementary and middle school — Coconut Palm Elementary and New Renaissance Middle — were put on lockdown during the search for suspects.
Meanwhile, back at the shooting scene, heavily armed officers in protective gear went inside the house and escorted two women and a man outside, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
The trio in the home heard the shots but did not witness the shooting, Rues said. They were questioned and released, she said.
Miramar Mayor Lori Moseley, in Washington D. C. for a conference, was briefed on the situation and said she felt police handled the situation professionally.
“It was very orderly,” she said. “It wasn’t chaotic.”
By late evening, police had released very little information on the shooting and no arrests had been made.
“The investigation is ongoing,” Rues said in an email message.
Delancy was charged in 2011 with aggravated assault with a firearm and felony battery related to a Miramar incident, but it appeared that he ultimately wasn’t prosecuted, Broward online court records show. He also had a series of traffic infractions in recent years.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Broward Crimestoppers at 954-493-TIPS.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel contributed to this report.
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