Dania Beach Apartment Catches Fire After Man Shoots Woman With Flare Gun: BSO

Man in custody after flare gun shooting sparks apartment blaze

By Brian Hamacher
|  Thursday, Dec 20, 2012  |  Updated 11:46 AM EDT
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Firefighters and police officers respond to a flare gun shooting incident in Dania Beach.

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A Dania Beach man is in custody after he shot a flare gun at a woman, grazing her and catching an apartment on fire Wednesday, authorities said.

The incident happened around 4:15 p.m. when the man and woman got into a dispute at the apartment building at 237 Southwest 11th Street, Broward Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion said.

During the dispute the man, identified as 46-year-old Stephen Thunberg, shot a flare gun at the woman, which grazed her neck then caused a fire inside the apartment, Concepcion said.

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Witnesses said they saw the woman run to a neighbor's house with Thunberg following close behind.

"I heard a scream and I looked out the window, and I saw the young lady half-naked, running, and he was running behind her," neighbor Dina Dawson said. "She was bleeding and he had something in his hand with a shirt over it."

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Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue workers responded and extinguished the blaze. Dawson said three apartment units had to be evacuated.

The woman, who wasn't identified, was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Thunberg was charged with attempted murder and arson, according to an arrest affidavit. He was being held without bond Thursday and it was unknown whether he has an attorney.

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