CRIME

Local rap artist is among shooting spree victims

 

mbrannigan@MiamiHerald.com

Deadly gunplay in the streets of Miami-Dade over the weekend kept police busy and a community apprehensive.

The bloody 48 hours left at least three teenagers shot, two of them dead in drive-by shootings.

Other victims include Miami’s hometown rap artist Andre Scott, who performs as Young Scrilla.

Scott said he was at the wheel of an idling 750 BMW in Overtown Saturday afternoon when a car rolled up next to him and opened fire, shooting him in the right leg.

“There were two AK-47s for sure – and a handgun,’’ said Scott, a 29-year-old local performer who was en route with an entourage that was involved in shooting scenes for a rap video. “I don’t have any idea who would do this. The crazy thing is, I don’t have any enemies.’’

Miami Police provided scant information on the series of shootings.

This much is known, according to police:

Two other men with Scott also were wounded by gunfire in the incident at Northwest 19th Street and Third Avenue around 3 p.m. Saturday.

Another shooting, a little over an hour earlier had more deadly consequences.

Around 1:45 p.m. Saturday, 16-year-old Marquis Bruson was gunned down near Northwest 13th Place and 62nd Street.

Bruson was rushed to the hospital, but later died.

On Sunday, the mayhem continued. Another drive-by shooting happened 10:38 a.m. Sunday, according to Miami Herald news partner WFOR CBS4. The shooting, which occurred at 4426 NW 23rd Ct. in unincorporated Miami-Dade, took the life of 16-year-old Dante Vilet, according to relatives.

The hail of bullets in the streets continued into the beginning of the work week.

Around 7 a.m. Monday, Miami Fire Rescue rushed a 17-year-old to a nearby hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds. Police cordoned off the area near Northwest Fifth Avenue and 44th Street.

A bloody rag lay in the street next to the tire of a Ford sports utility vehicle.

According to CBS4, the victim, Juan Videa, was shot in the stomach while waiting for a school bus. He was in critical but stable condition late Monday at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho told CBS4: “What is good is that I just saw the young man open his eyes for the first time.”

“What is not good is that this has been happening more times than I can count,” said Carvalho. “This is been one of the bloodiest weeks in history for our children here in Miami-Dade.’’

Carvalho said Miami-Dade has had seven shootings since last Wednesday.

Miami Police Sgt. Freddie Cruz, a department spokesman, declined to comment on news reports that an AK-47 assault rifle was used in Monday morning shooting and would not confirm the name of the victim.

“Homicide doesn’t know if he was the intended target,’’ Cruz said.

Long-time Miami community activist Georgia Ayers said Monday she has long been pushing community leaders to work together to deter youth violence, in particular for alliances of parents, police and ministers.

“I turned guns in three times for my son,’’ said Ayers, an outspoken community leader.

Meanwhile, Scott was propped up in a hospital bed Monday with an IV line running following surgery on his knee.

Scott said he was making a cameo appearance in a video of Atlanta hip-hop performer Rocko.

After wrapping up a scene in Overtown, the group was moving on to another filming location, Scott said.

“There was no negative energy. Everybody was on a positive note.’’

Scott said he stopped the big BMW so that others could catch up with the entourage, when he in his rear-view mirror he saw a car coming up along the driver’s side. “I didn’t think anything of it.’’

Next thing he knew, he said, he was staring at automatic weapons.

“Everything just slowed down,’’ said Scott.

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