Miami Gardens / Opa-locka

24-hour period brings 3 shooting deaths in Miami Gardens


A 19-year-old man gunned down in his driveway, a stepfather killed in his home and a 23-year-old involved in a police shootout keep investigators busy.

Miami Gardens Police shot and killed a man Monday evening when he pulled out a gun and began firing at police during their investigation of the man’s stepfather’s death.

Police said Eugene Pla, in his 60s, was found shot inside his Miami Gardens home at 2460 NW 208th St., just south of Calder Casino & Race Course.

Police said they think the suspect was his stepson, who returned to the scene late Monday. Neighbors and relatives identified the younger man as Robert Desir, 23.

Police spotted Desir shortly after 4 p.m. and approached him to take him into custody when he pulled out a gun and began firing. Police returned fire, shooting him. He was pronounced dead outside the house.

Family members described Desir as quiet person.

“We didn’t see this coming,’’ said one woman, who described herself as a relative but would not give her hame.

Desir did not have a regular job and would earn money by occasionally performing odd jobs at nearby Sun Life Stadium during special events, family members said.

Because it was a police-involved shooting, John Rivera, of the Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association, was at the scene.

“We’ve seen it too many times before,” Rivera said. “It has become almost a daily activity.”

Rivera said two Miami Gardens officers were involved in the shooting.

This was the third shooting death within 24 hours in the tiny city.

A 19-year-old was shot and killed overnight in Miami Gardens, family members said, according to NBC6.

Raymond Mills was shot in the head in his driveway at 20124 NW 32nd Court at about 11:59 p.m. Sunday night, family members told NBC6.

“A mother is not supposed to bury the child. A child is supposed to bury the mother and now I gotta bury my grandson. It just don’t make sense,” his grandmother Dianne Cope, told NBC6.

Authorities took the victim’s body from the scene at about 4:30 a.m.

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