Garcia died on the way to Jackson from wounds caused by the firefight. Sixteen-year-old Ron Jones was also hit by the spray of bullets. He died at the scene.
On July 4, Bevins Bennett, 20, and Antoinne Robert Hester, 22, got into a fight in a Kia Soul while the vehicle was between Sunrise Boulevard and Sample Road, Broward Sheriff’s Office said. Hester shot Bennett, who died at Broward Health North.
On July 6, three people were hurt when their car was sprayed with bullets as they drove down 167th Street. The driver, Alexander Jiron, sped onto the Palmetto Expressway near Northwest 57th Avenue and called 911. He pulled over on a shoulder of the expressway, where police arrived to help them. Passengers Michael Cordero, 33, Juan Salgado, 50, and Jasmine Smith, 30, were injured but recovering.
Last week, Ahmad Mackay, 29, and Frank Wiwo, 28, stood outside a neighbor’s home at 1045 NW 55 St. when a man drove up and shot at them several times and then sped away.
Mackay, the father of a toddler, and Wiwo, a PE coach at a Hialeah Catholic church, were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital. Mackay died of his wounds, and Wiwo was in critical condition.
In the early morning hours on July 10, men in a silver Toyota RAV4 gunned down two men outside 132 NE 64th Street in Miami, critically injuring them.
That night, Horatio Stephon Philmore, 21, and Terrance A. Greene, 20, were in a car near Miami Gardens Drive and Northeast 18th Avenue when someone shot at them from an adjacent vehicle.Philmore died at the scene, and Greene was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he was in serious condition.
While the past few weeks have been particularly bloody in these areas, University of Miami associate professor of law and former public defender Tamara Rice Lave said the overall trend of decreasing crime should put the recent uptick in perspective.
“Sure, there can be ups and downs,” Lave said. “I think there’s just some times when it goes up, and some times when it goes down, but overall its been dropping.”
Shenkman agreed, saying these types of incidences can be misrepresented if they aren’t looked at with a critical eye.
“That could just be a snapshot,” he said. “That’s not really representative of the big picture.”
If you have any information about any of these crimes, police urge you to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477 or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.
Miami Herald writers David Ovalle, Anna Edgerton, Monique O. Madan and Daniela Guzman contributed to this report.