SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - A woman is asking for answers after her husband became one of the victims involved in a shooting spree in Southwest Miami-Dade, Tuesday.
According to police, the shooting spree began at the gunman’s house in Southwest Miami-Dade, and ended up in a tense police standoff in an agricultural section of the southern part of the county.
Police said the suspect, Fadel Jabado, fatally shot his 43-year-old wife and 26-year-old son at their residence located along the 13000 block of Southwest 192nd Street, early Wednesday morning. Then, he went into a law office, located off of 11420 North Kendall Drive, and shot attorney Larry Harshman, at around 10:30 a.m. Harshman is recovering in the hospital.
Lenora Harshman, whose husband was shot, said she may know why Jabado killed his wife and son and shot his attorney before a standoff, where police said Jabado wanted suicide by cop.
“He did make it clear that he wanted to commit suicide by cop,” said Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez.
“Now I find out that he came last week to tell Larry that he was getting divorced, that his wife wanted to leave him,” Harshman said. “And he was gonna take the kid. And Larry said, ‘Well, there’s nothing I can do for you because I’m not a divorce attorney.'”
The attorney’s wife said after that conversation, Jabado went back to the Kendall Drive office and shot her husband, Larry Harshman, in the stomach. “Employees called me back and she said, ‘Lenora, he got shot.’ I said, ‘What?'” she said.
During the standoff with police, officers said they had no choice but to shoot the suspect after he pointed a gun at them. Jabado was then taken to the hospital with gunshots wounds to the middle section of the body.
“My condolences to the family,” said Judge Cindy Lederman. “The mother is obviously not here, and the father is still incarcerated.”
Jabado’s family was in court on Thursday, where the judge decided that the aunt and uncle would look after the couple’s five children. “Me and my wife will support the whole five of them,” said the children’s uncle.
The children are expected to have therapy sessions amid so much tragedy.
Meanwhile, Harshman continues to ask why Jabado felt inclined to shoot her husband after he tried to help him. “Such a good guy. Everybody loves him and admire him. He would help so many people keep their homes,” she said through tears. “And especially this when he did it as free, pro bono. I don’t understand what is going on in this world.”
Harshman told 7News that her husband is in stable condition after having two surgeries. Jabado also continues to be hospitalized after he was shot by police.
Miami-Dade Police said both men are in critical condition Thursday night, but are stable.
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