Soar Park neighborhood shooting leaves teen, one other dead

 

crabin@miamiherald.com

Two victims of a Wednesday night shooting at a Little River area park died Friday, including a teenager sitting on a nearby park bench watching young relatives play.

Keimoura Gardner 17, was minding her own business when she was struck by a bullet, police said. She was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital where doctors had had been struggling to keep her alive since the Wednesday evening shooting.

Family members held a near constant vigil at the hospital, turning down several interview requests through the hospital and police, requesting privacy.

Police said Keimoura was watching younger cousins play in the park’s playground when a stray bullet intended for another target struck her.

Also declared dead Friday was Herchel Belizaire, 22, of Little Haiti, also shot on Wednesday.

Police said his involvement in the shooting is much more complicated. Because of so many conflicting stories from witnesses, Investigators were initially uncertain whether he was a target or perhaps a shooter.

In the past 24 hours, however, police said some issues have cleared up, but would not go into detail.

“Homicide continues to follow leads developed during the investigation,” said Miami-Dade police detective Roy Rutland.

Also shot Wednesday night was Willie Williamson, 22, from Little Haiti. He remains in stable condition at Jackson.

Detectives have roamed the Soar Park neighborhood near Northwest 83rd Street and North Miami Court, searching for clues.

On Thursday, they handed out fliers with a picture of Keimoura and a request for help in the residential enclave of unincorporated Miami-Dade.

They’ve been looking at a damaged red Camaro near the crime scene that might be evidence. They also took at least one man into custody for questioning who was near the scene.

Neighbors said they heard little more than gunshots that many thought were firecrackers. And between two and four cars were seen leaving the scene immediately after the shootings, according to reports.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact the department’s homicide unit, or to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

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