Suspect in synagogue shooting near North Miami Beach arrested

Carlints St. Louis faces charges in shooting at Young Israel of Greater Miami

By Louis Aguirre - Anchor/Reporter, Robert Alpizar - Assignment Editor, Andrea Torres - Digital Reporter/Producer

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. - A suspect in the July 28 synagogue shooting near North Miami Beach has been arrested. 

The suspect, identified Tuesday by Miami-Dade police as Carlints St. Louis, was in a black Chevrolet Impala when he stopped in front of Young Israel of Greater Miami and fired his gun.

St. Louis, 30, of Hallandale Beach, is a Hertz rental car employee. He was arrested Tuesday at a shopping center in North Miami Beach, according to an arrest affidavit.

Yosef Lipshutz, 68, who is also known as Warren Lipshutz, was approaching the synagogue before Sunday evening prayer when he was wounded. He tried to escape the gunfire, but he collapsed on the ground. 

Lipshutz was born in Rochester, New York, and is an active member of Young Israel of Greater Miami. He has undergone about 17 surgeries since the shooting, according to The Yeshiva World.  

After the shooting received worldwide attention, detectives used data from license plate readers and St. Louis' cellphone records to identify him as a suspect. 

St. Louis filed a police report with the Hallandale Beach Police Department saying that his 9 mm semi-automatic pistol had been stolen from his car. When he was arrested, officers found a loaded semi-automatic firearm magazine inside the Toyota Corolla he was driving. 

Detectives learned the Hornady brand ammunition that was in the magazine matched the 9 mm casings that crime scene investigators found outside the synagogue, police said. 

St. Louis was being held without bond at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center Tuesday night on charges of attempted felony murder, aggravated battery on a person 65 or older and discharging a firearm from a vehicle.

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