Child survives apparent “drive-by” that leaves one dead, one wounded

A brazen gunman opened fire Saturday afternoon at a parked car in an apparent drive-by shooting in a quiet Miami Gardens neighborhood, killing one man and wounding the female driver. A young boy in the car survived the violent attack, police said.

“There was a call for shots fired in the area and officers responded and they found a white vehicle that was hit by bullets,” said Miami Gardens Police Department Det. Carlton Coleman. “Could be a drive-by [shooting].”

The man killed was pronounced dead at the scene, while the female drive is listed in critical condition at Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, said Coleman, who said the child in the car was “fine” and had “no injuries.”

Coleman did not identify the three people in the car and said he did not know the relationship between the child, the injured female and the dead male, or what the motive was for the shooting.

It’s unclear if anyone returned fire at the gunman, who drove away in a white SUV.

The gunfire erupted at 3:39 p.m. and the heavy police presence later drew a large crowd of residents in the residential neighborhood of well-kept one-story homes near the Broward County line.

More than a dozen police officers in uniforms and plainclothes examined the scene, placing dozens of orange evidence markers on the pavement along the 20100 block of Northwest 27th Court. Next to some of the evidence markers were several spent bullet casings.

After the shooting, Miami Gardens police issued a “be-on-the-lookout” alert for a black male in the white SUV, which was last seen heading southbound on Northwest 27th Court toward 199th St. The police officers do not have a tag number.

The shooting happened outside on the road, in front of several homes in the neighborhood.

Coleman said he did not know if the dead man, the injured woman and the child lived in the neighborhood. And that detectives interviewed the boy found in the car.

Anyone with information about the shooting can contact police at 305-471-TIPS (8477) or contact the Miami Gardens Police Department, 305-471-6160. You can also send an anonymous tip through the police department website:

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