At least three people, including a teenage girl, were killed on July 6 following an active shooting incident at a home in Port St. Lucie, Florida, according to reports.
Officers and St. Lucie County sheriff’s deputies on Monday afternoon responded to reports of an active shooting at a home near Southeast Morningside Boulevard. Upon their arrival, they discovered an injured man inside a garage who later succumbed to his injuries.
Police officers then exchanged gunfire with the gunman. One officer was injured in the arm while attempting to apprehend the suspect, sustaining non-life threatening injuries, police said.
A teenage girl, 13, was also found critically injured inside the home, and was rushed to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to police.
The two victims are believed to be related. However, police have not yet released their identities.
The gunman was later found by a SWAT team dead in a bedroom upstairs. It is not yet clear how the suspect died or whether he was a licensed firearms holder.
During a press briefing, St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara said that a dispute over the gunman’s dog led to the shooting.
“When the call came out … the caller said there’s someone in our house and shooting my parents,” Mascara said.
The dog had been declared dangerous by a judge in a court hearing Monday before the shooting, Mascara added.
Neighbor Frank Didonna, 81, told USA Today he heard the gunshots.
“All the sudden I heard about four or five shots, one after the other, boom, boom, boom,” Didonna said.