Shooting scare at Miramar Town Center leaves one dead; area shut down

Miami HeraldJanuary 22, 2014 

MIRAMAR -- A shooting scare near the Miramar Town Center left one person dead Wednesday morning.

Three suspects were detained, police said. The complex includes City Hall, a library, community college and arts center.

The area around the Town Center complex was shut down as heavily armed SWAT teams and other police officers worked in the area.

The Town Center reopened at about 12:30 p.m.

The drama started when Joey Demancy, 23, was shot in the 6100 block of Southwest 41st Street, according to police.

He was in the area to visit a friend; it’s unclear how he and the suspects knew each other, Rues said.

The 911 call came in to police about 9 a.m. Wednesday. Two suspects were found in the Town Center library and a third was found in a nearby neighborhood.

Three students leaving the library Wednesday afternoon described a calm scene inside their Broward College aviation class on the second floor. The class was scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m., but the teacher couldn't get in.

Police roaming the hallways told students to lock classroom doors.

Perplexed students started texting to get more information.

“For the most part people were chill,” said Ethan Hintz, 21, of Oakland Park.

“People didn't know what was going on. They were waiting for further instructions, calling and texting people, said Savanna Hintze, 25, Ethan’s sister.

That’s when police herded students into a second-floor cafeteria. They told them not to make calls.

Student Michael Satoro, 21, estimates 80 students and 20 police officers were in the building,

"They put us all into one room," he said.

An elementary and middle school were put on lockdown during the search for suspects.

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