North Miami-Dade

Police need public’s help in finding man who shot stepdaughter on her birthday

Bernex Lucas.
Bernex Lucas.

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a North Miami-Dade man they say shot his stepdaughter Thursday on her birthday, but missed hitting her mother.

Miami-Dade police say they found Bernex Lucas’ getaway vehicle, a white 2014 Toyota Tundra, near the corner of Northwest 167th Street and First Avenue early Thursday night. They combed it for evidence.

But Lucas, 49, wasn’t in it.

“The subject is on the loose and he’s considered armed and dangerous,” said Miami-Dade Police Det. Elena Hernandez.

The two women were taken from a home at 15030 Biscayne River Dr. to Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Dayana Saint-Fort said she was driving by Thursday morning when she saw the 21-year-old victim begging for help.

“Screaming, crying, up and down the street,” Saint-Fort said. “She came out saying, ‘I don’t want to die on my birthday.’”

Saint-Fort said she applied pressure to the gunshot wound and tried to keep the young woman conscious.

Neighbor Samuel Flowers said he’s lived next door to Lucas for 22 years, and that the family has been dealing with private issues for quite some time now.

“I believe they were getting a divorce. They were working on it. There was trouble. They were not together,” Flowers said.

Anyone with information is urged to call Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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