Family Blames Dog Dispute After 63-Year-Old Miami Gardens Woman Fatally Shot In Her Home

A 63-year-old woman was fatally shot inside her Miami Gardens home and officials are urging the public's help to identify the suspect who killed the beloved grandmother.

First responders were dispatched at 11:20 p.m. on Thursday to the woman's home on the 18800 block of NW 17 Court – where she was pronounced dead at the scene by fire rescue, MGPD said in a statement.

The woman's identity has not been revealed by officials but a friend told NBC 6 that her death comes as a "shock."

"I’m devastated," Erika Sherman told NBC 6.

Family members identified the woman as Danette Simmons, known as "Dee Dee." They said a dispute over a dog may have led to the shooting, but police said they're looking into that.

The family members said Simmons' dog had wandered into a neighbor's yard and as someone returned the pet, strangers allegedly showed up saying the dog belonged to them.

"To shoot her about a dog, that just don’t sit right by me. It’s crazy. My auntie loved everyone," said Simmons' niece, Tyquandra. 

Anyone with information is urged to contact Miami Gardens Police detective Christopher Pacheco at 305-474-1583 or anonymously contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

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