Miami-Dade police: Two dead, one hospitalized following apparent drive-by shooting

 

Two people are dead and a third is hospitalized after a shooting Saturday night. Miami-Dade Police are investigating the shooting which happened at 770 South Biscayne River Drive.

According to Miami-Dade Police Detective Elena Hernandez: four men were inside a car when two other cars boxed them in and started shooting. Three people inside the car were shot. A fourth was not hurt. The victims were able to drive to a nearby convenience store where one of the victims died. A second victim was airlifted to hospital where he died. A third victim made it to a McDonalds south of the shooting scene. He was airlifted to the hospital.

“I’m sitting in my living room writing on the internet and i hear pow pow pow pow pow pow pow at least 20 times one right after another,” said Brad Watson who lives right across from the shooting scene.

“I could tell this was no firecrackers going off; it was too consistent of sound one right after another. I immediately called 911 and reported it,” said Watson, adding, “It’s outrageous.

“They had the EMS and everything back here along with a bunch of cop cars. That’s when they were covering the body and everything like that so it was pretty horrific,” said Jared Wilson who lives nearby.

The shootings happened the same day hundreds of people marched in Miami Gardens to call attention to victims of gun violence and remember the shooting death of Travyon Martin, who was shot and killed on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Fla.

Martin, a black teen from Miami Gardens, was unarmed when he was shot by George Zimmerman, an Hispanic man who pleaded self-defense. Zimmerman was later acquitted, but the shooting and the not guilty verdict sparked nationwide outrage, and demands for Florida’s Stand Your Ground law to be repealed.

“We continue to lose our children and we must do something about that,” Trayvon’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, told the crowd.

To drive home the message, the Trayvon Martin Foundation invited the relatives of several children killed during gun violence.

Among them: a relative of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old African-American boy whose murder in Mississippi in 1955 became a lighting rod in the civil rights movement; and parents Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson. Their son, Kendrick, was found dead in January 2012 inside a rolled-up wrestling mat in his high school gym in Georgia.

Miami-Dade Commissioner Barbara Jordan, who represents Miami Gardens, a city plagued by gun-related deaths, told the crowd, “these senseless crimes that are being committed in the area need to stop.”

Also in attendance at the march were relatives of 12-year-old Tequila Forshee. She was killed last year after a barrage of bullets ripped through her grandmother’s Miami Gardens living room as she was getting her hair braided for school.

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