Family pleas for help in finding shooters at Miami Gardens McDonald’s; two men critically injured


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January 1, 2013: Robert L. Brothers is shot and killed after returning home from a New Year’s Eve celebration. He is the first Miami Gardens homicide of 2013.

January 17, 2013: 15-year old Carol City High student, Landon Kinsey, is shot multiple times and dies just three blocks away from his Miami Gardens home.

February 3, 2013: Brandon Bryant is killed when gunfire erupts outside a Super Bowl party in Miami Gardens.

April 9, 2013: A security guard at Eagle’s Landing Apartment complex in Miami Gardens is shot and wounded.

April 15, 2013: James Nelson is fatally shot inside a car in Miami Gardens. Another man in the car is stabbed, but survives.

July 15, 2013: Annette Anderson and her grandson, Tyrone Walker Jr., are bound and gagged in their Miami Gardens home, and then shot "execution style".

July 29, 2013: A black SUV is the target of a shooting that injures three of the occupants with at least one person being critically hurt.

August 15, 2013: 12-year-old, Tequila Forshee, dies after being struck in the head by a bullet. She was sitting on a couch getting her hair done by her grandmother for the first day of school. Her grandmother is shot in the leg.

Monika Z. Leal, Director of Information Services

Miami Gardens Police are investigating the second drive-by shooting in three days after two men were critically injured in McDonald’s drive thru early Friday morning.

Investigators cordoned off the scene at 18250 NW 27th Ave. and about a dozen employees remained inside the fast-food restaurant through late morning as investigators poured over evidence following the shooting.

Two victims, both males in their 20s, were airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital, news partner CBS 4 reported. The gray Mercedes SUV they were in, was riddled with bullets and blood pooled on the pavement where police markers pinpointed evidence.

According to witnesses, the shooters left the scene and drove off in a black vehicle. They remain at large.

One of the victims, Michael Sexton, 23, was in stable but critical condition Friday afternoon after bullets hit his lung and knee. Family waited outside the trauma center for word on his condition. His mother, Dentha Harvin, said Sexton was breathing with the help of a respirator after one of the bullets hit his lung.

She asked for anyone with information to speak up.

“If anybody knows something, please say something,” she said. “If this was your family, you would want to know something.”

Sexton has an extensive arrest record on drug and theft charges. He is currently on probation after an April arrest for a hit and run with property damage and drug possession.

Harvin acknowledged Sexton’s past but said her son, father of two toddlers, was “a very good-hearted person.”

“Like any other man, he goes through good times and bad ones,” Harvin said.

Brittany Sexton, Michael’s 23-year-old twin sister, told the Herald she didn’t know who would be gunning for her brother, who was grabbing a bite to eat with the second victim after spending the night in a club.

“He tried to keep us out of it, that lifestyle,” she said, adding that she feared she and her family may be targeted as well.

Kelvin Stewart told WSVN reporters that his 26-year-old brother was the other victim. Family members of the second victim declined to speak to reporters at the hospital Friday.

“Nobody should go through this,” Brittany Sexton said, “wake up in the morning and find out your child has been shot.”

Miami Herald staff photographer Emily Michot contributed to this report.

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