Bronx Homeless Shelter Director Stalked, Killed By Former Client

The Wall Street Journal writes that New York City officials were on security alert at city shelters as details emerged about how a man with a long arrest record allegedly stalked and gunned down the director of a Bronx shelter.



Ana Charles, a Bronx homeless shelter director, was shot to death earlier this week, allegedly by a former resident, West Spruill (who may have attempted to rape her before fatally shooting her). Mr. Spruill, reportedly has a long history of mental illness and multiple arrests.

Sources say that Project Renewal, which operates the homeless shelter, had been asking the city for more security for months. In an editorial today, the NY Daily News reported that the Project Renewal shelter also houses two dozen convicted sex offenders.

At 2:30 p.m. today, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz and New York City Council members Andrew Cohen and Andy King will gather to demand the homeless shelter be shut down following the fatal shooting of Ana Charles. The news conference will be in front of the Project Renewal Shelter at 4380 Bronx Blvd. in the Bronx.

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