Crime

Arrests made in string of Dania Beach shootings

Gregory Sims
Gregory Sims

After four shootings in Dania Beach since Christmas Day — including one that claimed the life of an 8-year-old boy — police have arrested Arvis Brown, 19, and Gregory Sims, 22, in connection with the violence, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

The most recent shooting happened Wednesday evening.

Deputies found 8-year-old Rasheed Cunningham Jr. and an adult man and woman with gunshot wounds. Rasheed, a third-grader at Collins Elementary School who lived with his grandmother, died at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood. The two adults are expected to recover, police say. Their names have not been released.

Brown is a suspect in that shooting, according to BSO spokeswoman Joy Oglesby. He was taken into custody Friday in Tallahassee.

He is also wanted for questioning in another death that occurred three days earlier, on Christmas. Police say Christopher Jordan, 25, was walking home when he was fatally shot. In addition, Brown may be connected to a shooting that left a man with non-life-threatening injuries on Tuesday night.

Sims was arrested Thursday and charged with armed robbery and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. The charges stem from an incident on Monday in which a man was robbed. The suspect fired a shot that missed the victim, who was struck by a projectile that ricocheted off the ground.

Sims has not been charged in connection with the death of Rasheed, but authorities are looking into a possible connection between Sims and Brown, according to Miami Herald news partner CBS4.

Anyone with any information regarding these recent shootings is asked to contact the Broward Sheriff’s Office at 954-764-HELP (4357) or call Broward Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org. A $3,000 reward is being offered for tips that lead to an arrest.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly named a suspect in the shooting of the young boy.

Nicholas Nehamas: 305-376-3745, @NickNehamas

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