Suspect arrested in Opa-locka shooting death



The suspect in a fatal shooting in Opa-locka just blocks from City Hall has been arrested, Miami-Dade police said Tuesday.

The alleged gunman, Marquil Mucherson, 23, of Opa-locka, has been charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Markette McNeal, 33. Two other suspects were also taken into custody for questioning by police and have been released.

The incident took place at about 12:30 p.m. Monday when Opa-locka police responded to reports of shots fired at Northwest 133rd Street and Alexandria Drive.

The arrest report indicates that McNeal and another unidentified victim were walking down Alexandria Drive when they spotted a white vehicle. The driver got out of the car, a Buick LaCrosse, and opened fire on the two victims. McNeal was hit by several gunshots, but the other victim was able to escape and take cover at City Hall.

Mucherson took off in the white Buick and crashed into a parked car at Northwest 135th Street and Cairo Lane, police said. After the crash he bailed and went into an apartment complex at Northwest 135th Street and 32nd Court, according to police.

Police said they received a tip that led them to the complex where they found the three suspects. The three men were taken to police headquarters and the second victim identified Mucherson in a lineup, police said.

McNeal was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he died. There were no other reported injuries.

Police recovered an AR-15 assault rifle and a firearm at the scene of the crash on Cairo Lane. The second victim described the shooter’s weapon as a rifle to police, but officers would not confirm whether it was the weapon allegedly used by Mucherson.

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