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SCI marina suffers shooting fatalities

May 21, 2014
By BOB PETCHER ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Two marina live-aboards who were to be married last weekend were shot dead and a relative of one was transported to a local hospital after a disturbance occurred at Salty Sam's Marina on San Carlos Island last Thursday morning.

Marilyn Spiegel, age 70, and Harry Carlip, age 71, were reported to be married in Fort Myers on May 18. They were aboard a boat docked at the San Carlos Island marina when Michael Stephen Spiegel, age 71, approached them and reportedly shot both of them dead. Marilyn's sister was injured in the incident and transported to a local hospital.

The suspect was apprehended immediately after police arrived on the scene

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Thursday was a sad day at Salty Sam's Marina.

"Harry was a customer of mine. It was pretty shocking to hear what happened. He was a wonderful man," said John Rush, former office manager at Salty Sam's Marina.

Rush said he was at the marina training his replacement when the incident occurred. He did not hear gunfire but, shortly afterwards, saw the victims' boat producing smoke. He said he found out another of the marina's live-aboards heard the shots, called 911 and police were on the scene very quickly. Not too long after, he also saw the accused handcuffed and sitting on the dock.

The recorded 9-11 call confirmed a man who did not disclose his name heard shots from a boat across the dock from him and then screams from the boat, which was later confirmed to be "Bella Mar."

Michael Spiegel, 5'11", 180 lbs, was arrested on three felonies -two counts of homicide involving premeditated first degree murder and one count of first degree arson after he allegedly set fire to the house boat- and was booked into Lee County Jail. His trial date is scheduled for June 16, at 8:30 a.m.

On May 15, at 8:22 a.m., detectives from the department's Major Crimes Unit responded to the reported 911 call in reference to the disturbance at the marina and assumed the investigation. Witnesses were questioned.

Upon arrival, deputies located two deceased subjects. Another subject was located and transported to the hospital. The scene was immediately secured and perimeter was established. Along with LCSO deputies and detectives, FMB Fire officials and U.S. Coast Guard personnel were on the scene as well.

According to a police spokeswoman at the scene at that time, the community was never in danger and officers were not looking for anyone directly involved in the incident.

Officials from Salty Sam's Marina did not return calls prior to newspaper deadline.



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