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.