A 30-year-old man who reported his gun stolen has been arrested in the shooting of a 68-year-old outside a North Miami Beach synagogue.
Carlints St. Louis was arrested Tuesday on charges of attempted felony murder, discharging a weapon from a car and aggravated battery on a person over 65. Authorities have not described a motive, nor have they said whether he’ll face a hate crime charge for the July 28 shooting.
Yosef Lifshutz is recovering from surgeries after the July 28 shooting, synagogue officials said. Investigators said he was shot multiple times in the legs while waiting outside Young Israel of Greater Miami.
Police used surveillance video in the area to get a description of the car involved. Investigators said it shows that a shooter drove up in a black Chevrolet Impala, got out and “assumed a shooting stance while pointing a firearm at the victim,” according to a Miami-Dade police report.
The arrest report says St. Louis filed a police report on Monday saying a 9 mm gun had been stolen from his Impala. Officers then found a loaded magazine from a semi-automatic firearm in the Impala, and the rounds matched the casings at the shul, the report says.
Investigators wrote that St. Louis has been driving a Toyota Corolla since the shooting. But the Miami Herald reports that St. Louis has owned an Impala since 2011, collecting 17 traffic citations while driving that car, which has been parked at his apartment complex in Hallandale Beach since the shooting.
Cell phone towers also recorded St. Louis in the area of the shul on July 28, police said, and his car was spotted in the area on a license plate reader that day. Investigators also said he matches the physical description of the shooter.