In the early hours of a sleepy Sunday morning, Miami police sent out a red alert that a gunman was “randomly driving around shooting at victims.”
By the end of the day, three people were shot, none fatally. Police later said the violence was centered around domestic strife, and that the suspect was targeting his girlfriend’s family. The 23-year-old Erin Rakeen Cash was still on the loose late Monday. Miami police say they do not know where he is.
“I feel very really terrible about it,” Cash’s mother said. “He was wrong for what he did, I don’t know what he’s going through but I just want to let him know, please turn yourself in because they are going to make it so difficult out here for you.
“They’re going to gun you down if they find you.”
Cash, who has a police record on assault and robbery charges, got into a fight with his girlfriend around 8 a.m. Sunday while they were driving around Liberty City, police said. As Cash grew angrier, he told her he was going to kill her and their 3-year-old son.
Frantic, she jumped from the car at the intersection of Northwest 13th Street and 41st Street, where she called police.
“She feared for her life and jumped out,” said Detective William Moreno, a Miami police spokesman.
He drove to his mother’s house at 1255 NW 72nd St. and left the boy with her before the violence began.
He sped his 2006 white Pontiac to his girlfriend’s house and shot at the house. He hit one of his girlfriend’s brothers.
Then, he drove around the Liberty City neighborhood. He tracked down another of her brothers and shot him. He aimed at a third person but missed, hitting another person who was nearby.
Cash’s mother said she disagrees with the police, saying she believes one man was grazed by a bullet, and one man was shot in the foot.
Miami Herald writer Daniella Guzman and CBS4 contributed to this report.