Man accused of shooting at Coral Springs hospital goes before judge, may face additional charges

Suspect’s father says Sami Qureshi suffers from ‘psychological problems;’ mother is expected to die soon

On Thursday Sam Qureshi appeared before a Broward County judge who gave him a $200,000 bond, though the state did announce that more charges could be on the way.

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – Police have arrested the man they said was responsible for shooting at the windows of Broward Heath Coral Springs.

Sami Qureshi, 46, faces charges, including shooting into an occupied building and having a deadly weapon at a mental health facility.

On Thursday he appeared before a Broward County judge who gave Qureshi a $200,000 bond, though the state did announce that more charges could be on the way.

It was Saturday, July 3 when hospital security noticed the shattered glass. Coral Springs police said surveillance video and other leads pointed them to Qureshi, who had recently been arrested by Sunrise police on an unrelated charge.

While in custody, detectives said Qureshi confessed to the hospital shooting.

Detectives are also looking into social media posts on his public profile. One video, posted June 25, appears to show a man shooting a single shot into the Broward Health Coral Springs parking lot.

In other posts, he expresses anger toward the hospital where his mother was being treated.

“He was extremely upset, plus he has some psychological problems,” the suspect’s father, Ataullah Quressi, told Local 10 News.

Ataullah Quressi said his son never meant to hurt anyone and was mad about his mother’s terminal diagnosis.

“My wife is extremely sick,” he said. “Doctors told us she will die soon.”

Sami Qureshi’s father also said his son does have a conceal carry permit, and said he was arrested earlier this week.

Qureshi was in court on Tuesday after allegedly attempting to steal groceries from a Publix and then flashing a gun at employees who stopped him.

On Wednesday night, Coral Springs police released a statement reading in part:

“This subject was apprehended before anyone was harmed....The safety of our residents and those who work in the city of Coral Springs will always remain our top priority.”

A spokesperson from Broward Health declined to comment, citing the incident as a “police matter.”

State attorneys also mentioned during Thursday’s hearing that Sunrise police are in the process of putting together paperwork for a rick protection order, or a red flag order, for Qureshi.

That would give a judge the decision of whether or not weapons should be taken away from Qureshi, as he is in crisis.

About the Authors:

Janine Stanwood joined Local 10 News in February 2004 as an assignment editor. She is now a general assignment reporter. Before moving to South Florida from her Washington home, Janine was the senior legislative correspondent for a United States senator on Capitol Hill.

Trent Kelly is an award-winning multimedia journalist who joined the Local 10 News team in June 2018. Trent is no stranger to Florida. Born in Tampa, he attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he graduated with honors from the UF College of Journalism and Communications.