What started as a fun night out at a club ended in tragedy, with the murder of a 25-year-old Miami woman, who was out with friends.
Lakisha Lampley was shot and killed Saturday night shortly after leaving a nightclub just east of the Miami International Airport.
The young victim was in a car with her sister, a cousin and three friends when black SUV pulled up and someone inside started shooting indiscriminately, said Miami police detective Confesor Gonzalez.
Lampleys sister, Princess, 18, said she was sitting in the backseat on her sisters lap when she felt her arm grazed by a bullet. She said she thought the blood was hers until she realized Lampley had been shot in the chest.
She starting putting pressure on Lampleys wound, saying dont leave us, dont leave us.
Instead of calling 911, the friends, who were from Broward, panicked and drove to the closest hospital they knew North Shore Medical Center not realizing that Jackson Memorials Ryder Trauma Center was a few blocks away.
Lampley died a short time later.
The group - three men from Broward, a cousin, and Princess Lampley left Club Romance, 3451 NW 36th St., around 3 a.m., around closing time, after getting into a disagreement with another group of men. Princess didnt hear the exchange, but said that it was enough to make her sister worry that there was going to be trouble.
She grabbed my hand, and she was like, come on, we gotta get out of here before something happens, Princess said.
The six friends crammed into a gray 2006 Altima and left.
It was not known when the new-model SUV, possibly a Chevy Tahoe, started following them. The group had driven about 20 blocks when someone inside the SUV opened fired.
Gonzalez said the shooting occurred on 36th Street, west of 14th Avenue in Allapattah. He is asking anyone with access to surveillance video footage in the area to check between the hours of 3 and 5 a.m. Sunday for any suspicious activity.
On Monday, members of Lakisha Lampleys family spoke with reporters, looking for any information that could help track down the shooter.
She didnt do anything to anybody, said Mary Lampley, her mother, who was consumed with grief. She was just trying to have a good time. Now its like you cant go out without somebody getting killed. And for what? For nothing. Instead of our kids burying us, were burying our kids at a young age.
Lakisha leaves behind five children of her own between the ages of 10 and a baby of 9 months.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Miami Police Departments Homicide Unit at (305) 603-6350. To share an anonymous tip, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471- TIPS (4877), or go to www.crimestoppersmiami.com.