One dead, two more hurt in central Miami-Dade shooting

A car pulled up to a group of people in front of a vacant home near the Brownsville area Wednesday and shooter opened fire, killing one person, police said.

09/19/2012 6:04 PM

09/19/2012 10:43 PM

One person was killed and two were wounded in a Wednesday afternoon shooting in the Brownsville area, according to Miami-Dade police.

At 5:20 p.m., an eastbound car drove past a vacant house at 2260 NW 52nd St. and a shooter inside opened fire on a group standing outside, police said. When officers arrived, they found one man dead and two who were wounded. They also found a trail of blood leading into the vacant house. Officers followed the trail, but found no one else.

A Miami-Dade police spokesman said the shooters appeared to have been armed with at least one assault weapon because investigators found rounds from an AK-47 assault rifle. Other firearms were found at the scene afterward. “The street was just littered with rounds from an AK-47, and we know the kind of damage that can do to a person,” said Detective Roy Rutland, a Miami-Dade police spokesman.

The wounded men were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center. Police were looking for the shooter Wednesday night. The car was described as being red or maroon.

Police did not immediately release the names of the three people who were shot.

A friend identified one of the wounded men as James MacMillan. Willie Haywood said MacMillan was 29 or 30 years old and lived in the area of the shooting.

While neighbors stood on the sidewalk, craning to see past the police lines, Haywood, 37, a former resident of the area, described MacMillan as a longtime friend.

Haywood said he was down the street playing cards when he heard “probably 30” shots. He waited until the shots stopped, and then went down the street to see what happened. “When I moved from here, I stopped coming around,” Haywood said, pointing to the crime scene. “You got kids; you gotta change.”

After the shooting, police were questioning a man inside a police car but said the man was not a suspect.

Detectives asked anyone with information to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

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