Check Cashing Store Clerk Killed, 2 Injured In Robbery Standoff

NEAR FT. LAUDERDALE (CBS4) – A check cashing store clerk is dead while an innocent bystander and an armed robbery suspect are hospitalized following a shooting at a Check Cashing Store near Fort Lauderdale Tuesday.

The husband of the deceased victim, Claire Geffrard, told reporters he learned about the shooting from watching television news. He said he saw his wife’s store on the news and called law enforcement.

“I spoke to one of the detectives and I gave her name and they told me, ‘Yeah, she got shot. She’s at the hospital,” James Sainvil said.

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Sainvil said his wife’s death comes just days before their son, Jahmir, turns one year old. Sainvil is suffering.

“If I stay (home) by myself, I’m gonna feel like killing myself,” he told CBS 4’s Carey Codd. “Right now, I can’t even cry.”

Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti told reporters that BSO deputies were called to a Check Cashing store at 2937 W. Sunrise Boulevard to check out a report of a robbery and shooting around 9:30 a.m.

When deputies arrived, there was an exchange of gunfire with the robbery suspect — Stanley Beasley. Beasley was shot. Investigators say Beasley had a gun and a duffel bag full of money.

The store clerk was also shot along with an innocent bystander — Jorge Aguilar, 36.

Aguilar was getting his car serviced at the Super Discount Tires store at 2868 West Sunrise Blvd, which is directly across the street from the check cashing store when he was shot. The man was outside talking on his cell phone when he was shot, CBS 4’s Joan Murray reported.

Witness Charlie Mack, who was nearby, said he saw the incident unfold.

“(Beasley) was down,” he said. “He was shot. He kept raising his arm and his leg kept moving so we thought he’s still living.”

Video from Chopper 4 showed a BSO SWAT team armored vehicle drive into the parking lot, retrieve Beasley and take him to a nearby ambulance.

It was not known whether another suspect was still inside the business so with their weapons drawn, the SWAT team stormed the building and pulled out the injured female clerk.

“Our SWAT team members have just cleared the building,” Sheriff Lamberti told reporters on the scene. “They found a clerk inside who has been shot.”

All three injured were transported to Broward General Medical Center. Geffrard, 25, died a few hours later of her gunshot wounds, according to BSO.

Investigators say the other two people are in critical condition.

Nearby Dillard High School, located at 2501 NW 11th Street, was placed on a precautionary lock down for the handful of staff and students from Workforce One who were on campus.

James Sainvil said he encouraged his wife to finish college and find a safer profession. It’s not clear whether the suspect — Stanley Beasley — fired the fatal shot that killed his wife. But Sainvil believes Beasley is responsible for his wife’s death.

“I think this guy wasn’t a human being,” Sainvil said. “He doesn’t even kill my wife. He kills me too. He kills the family. Because everybody’s in pain.”

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  • FYI

    There are alot of robberies and robbery attempts at Check Cashing Stores. I say enter at your own risk.

  • Billy Anderson

    Was the other two guilty?

  • Billy Anderson

    One may have been an inocent bystander. I would think they were all inocent.

  • tercol 55

    All Innocent? Why the guns, 911 call from clerk re robbery in progress? Wake up!

  • uncle reub

    Thats Fort lauderdale not miami Pepe

  • Robin criscione

    I clean that chain of checkcashing stores, just cleand that very store a few nights ago we can only clean them at night I have encounterd alot of stange peopeople it is very dangerous to work at anytime in checkcashing stores. It sadens my heart and my prayers will be with her family.

  • betty

    My heart goes out to the family of the clerk. poor baby will never see his mom again…thats not fair to him. …to the owners of the check cashing store plz get a armed guard on duty at all times. You should provide a safer work place for the employees.

  • chris lee

    South Florida has been a cultural toilet for a long time, the human garbage has runneth over… Noone here speaks english, nothing more than a 3rd world country now, all the white people have left or are doing all they can to get out! Let the rest of the vermin rape, rob and kill one another, do us all a favor! To hell with BSO too!

    • rausky79

      Mr. Lee for your information, I see MANY BORN NATIVES who are responsible for most of the violent crime in South Florida!! The majority of the NATIVE BORN are lazy bums who don’t want to work and live off of our taxes!
      I see lazy white people on my way to work standing on the corner with signs saying HELP ME!! Help me sure! Get a job you lazy free loader!!

  • Sal

    So much gun play in the NRA owned Gunshine state.

    • Philip Scharfy

      Gunshine State? You can bet the perp was a product of the liberals failed WELFARE state

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