Family devastated after fatal shooting at North Miami Beach Jewish Community Center – CBS Miami
NORTH MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) — A man has been arrested after he apparently fatally shot his wife at a Jewish community center in North Miami Beach.
“He stabbed her yesterday. She left, she didn’t bring anything back, and then she came here. He followed her and chased her and shot her like an animal, like he was hunting said Aaron Batten, the victim’s first cousin.
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The family said Shandelle Harris, 30, was at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center with her 12-year-old daughter and mother for the girl’s swimming lessons.
Witnesses at the pool on Sunday say they heard five shots and saw a man chase a woman.
“I saw the shooter running after someone with the gun. We heard a loud boom,” a witness said. “My granddaughter was in the pool for a swimming lesson, and I lifted eyes and saw the shooter with my own eyes running after someone with a handgun. Then we just ran. We ran and hid.
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Harris’ family said she aspired to be a commissioner at Miami-Dade and was a great mother.
“Everything was for her child and for her marriage. She was a happy person, she didn’t deserve this at all,” the family member said.
In a statement, the Michael-Ann Russell JCC said it closed its campus for the rest of the day following the incident.
“Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the victim… Fortunately, years of drills and numerous safety protocols have ensured the safety of our members, staff and community.”
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MARJCC went on to add that after speaking with the police, it was clear there was no threat to the Jewish community.