Four men were reportedly shot and hospitalized following a shooting Saturday in Miami Gardens.
The unidentified men — between the ages 0f 19 and 23 — were sitting on a front porch near Northwest 30th Avenue and 187th Street at about 8 p.m. when a gunman approached and fired at them, according to WPLG-Local 10.
The television station reported that police did not disclose any motive in the shooting or the identity of any suspected gunman.
“We’re very concerned that these individuals that are walking our streets are just simply walking up into our neighborhoods and opening fire on individuals,” Miami Gardens spokesman Det. Michael Wright told the television station.
Saturday night’s incident is the latest in a rash of shootings in Miami Gardens, where residents have grown increasingly uneasy about the scourge of violence.
Last week, 13-year-old Nevilisha Francis was sitting with her parents on the back patio of their home in the 20400 block of Northwest Second Court, talking on the phone, when bullets flew from a nearby shopping center alley. She was hospitalized with a bullet wound to her calf.
Crime scene investigators found more than a dozen bullet casings on the ground in the alley behind the family’s light pink house on the corner of a gated community.
Residents blame much of the violence on local gangs, noting that at least 14 known gangs of mostly preteen and teenage kids are terrorizing the community.
In recent months, Miami Gardens has hosted anti-gang walks, town hall meetings and peace rallies in response to the violence.
Miami Gardens police will hire 10 more officers to allow for more of a focus on violent crime, and the department has also put technology in neighborhoods to alert police when shots are fired.
Anyone with information about Saturday night’s shooting in Miami Gardens can remain anonymous in contacting Miami-Dade County Crimestoppers at 305-471- 8477) or 1 (866) 471-8477. If the tip leads to arrests, the tipster may be eligible for a reward. You can also leave an anonymous tip at the Miami Gardens Police Department website: http://www.miamigardenspolice.org/contact.php