Police officers arrest teen with loaded gun at Broward school

Major Charneil Byrd had a book bag, but he wasn’t at Charles W. Flanagan High School for an education. 

Pembroke Pines Police Department Capt. Al Xiques said the school’s security guards recognized the 18-year-old former student. They said he was wearing a hoodie to hide his face and was near the school’s portable classrooms. 

The security guards called school resource officers. When they searched him, Xiques said the officers found a Glock 19, 9mm firearm with a 31 round magazine containing 11 bullets. It was tucked in his waistband. 

“It’s unknown what the suspect’s intentions were regarding his presence,” Xiques said. 

Byrd was arrested at the school at 12800 Taft St. He was at Broward County Jail facing charges of trespassing and faces charges of possession of a firearm on a school property and two counts of carrying a concealed weapon. Xiques said they were still investigating the incident. 

Another teenager got arrested for carrying a loaded 9 mm Beretta handgun at a school in Miami-Dade Wednesday. But the gun Ke’mard Rashad Jacques, 18, was accused of carrying in his book bag had been reported stolen. 

Authorities were asking anyone with information about students armed in school to call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

 

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Shooting leaves 1 dead, 1 injured in Lauderhill

Lauderhill Police Department officers were investigating a fatal shooting Thursday night near Martin Luther King Elementary School. 

About 7:45 p.m., the officers responded to a home at 3146 NW 2nd St., a few blocks away from West Broward Boulevard. The area remained closed to residents about 11:15 p.m.

According to Lt. Michael Santiago, a spokesman for the Lauderhill Police Department, the officers found a man dead and another wounded. Fire Rescue personnel took the wounded man to Broward Health.  

Residents of the area said it’s likely that the two men, who were shot inside of a car, knew the shooter. Lauderhill police officers said they had detained a “person of interest” who was cooperating and were in possession of a weapon. 

Authorities were asking anyone with information to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.

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Surveillance video released in connection with death of teenager in Miramar

Surveillance video has been released in connection with the death of a teenager in Miramar.

Police said a 911 call was received at 12:35 a.m. Sept. 20 about gunshots heard near the 6000 block of Southwest 33rd Street.

The caller said that shortly after, they saw a person lying facedown on the ground, police said. Officers responded and Fire Rescue personnel declared the 17-year-old victim, identified by police as Kumasi Kareem, dead.

Police said surveillance video of Kareem walking with the suspect was captured minutes before his death.

The suspect is described by police as a black male who is at least 6 feet tall and weighs around 200 pounds.

Anyone with information about the suspect’s identity is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Police said tipsters may be eligible for a reward of up to $3,000 and calls can be made anonymously.

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Driver takes off after hitting man lying in Oakland Park street, deputies say

Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies are searching for a driver who they said ran over a man who was lying in the street over the weekend.

The incident was reported about 7 p.m. Sunday near the 3000 block of Northwest 21st Avenue.

Deputies said Kevin McQuillan, 50, walked west across Northwest 21st Avenue and then inexplicably laid down in the southbound lanes.

Detectives said a white sedan, possibly a Mitsubishi Lancer, that was heading south on the avenue ran over McQuillan.

Authorities said the driver briefly slowed down before driving away.

Detectives believe the vehicle should have damage on its front right corner.

McQuillan was taken by Oakland Park Fire Rescue to Broward Health Medical Center.

He remains hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run is asked to call Detective Sean Williams at 954-321-4840 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. A reward of up to $3,000 is offered for information that leads to an arrest.

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Presence of accused rapist at Broward school scares parents

Parents attended a town hall meeting Wednesday at Monarch High School in Coconut Creek with hopes of discussing why an accused 18-year-old rapist is being allowed to go to school there. They left disappointed. 

Gibson Sylvain was arrested in August, after he was accused of raping a woman at a bus stop just north of West Hills Borough Boulevard.

A father said he wanted to know why parents weren’t notified. A mother said she wanted to know if there were any security measures in place to avoid more victims at the school. 

Broward School Board member Nora Rupert said Sylvain had a right to an education. 

“We value the safety of our students, our community and our family and there’s more to the story than you all know,” Rupert said. 

The parents’ questions were not answered at the meeting. They want the school board to organize a town hall to discuss Sylvain’s presence at the school. Sylvain was set to appear in court next week.
 

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Presence of accused rapist at Broward school scares parents

Parents attended a town hall meeting Wednesday at Monarch High School in Coconut Creek with hopes of discussing why an accused 18-year-old rapist is being allowed to go to school there. They left disappointed. 

Gibson Sylvain was arrested in August, after he was accused of raping a woman at a bus stop just north of West Hills Borough Boulevard.

A father said he wanted to know why parents weren’t notified. A mother said she wanted to know if there were any security measures in place to avoid more victims at the school. 

Broward School Board member Nora Rupert said Sylvain had a right to an education. 

“We value the safety of our students, our community and our family and there’s more to the story than you all know,” Rupert said. 

The parents’ questions were not answered at the meeting. They want the school board to organize a town hall to discuss Sylvain’s presence at the school. Sylvain was set to appear in court next week.
 

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