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February 25, 2014

Three young people shot in Liberty City; police find chaotic scene

Two Liberty City teenagers and a younger girl were shot but not seriously wounded Tuesday in a drive-by shooting in broad daylight that few neighbors claimed to have seen.

Two Liberty City teenagers and a younger girl are recuperating Wednesday after being shot in a daylight drive-by shooting that few neighbors claimed to have seen.

According to Miami police, the girls, ages 10, 15, and 18, were hanging around the front porch of a townhouse at 1239 NW 65th St. just after 5 p.m. Tuesday when shots came from a moving vehicle on Northwest 13th Court.

The teens were only grazed. The younger girl, shot in the arm, ran down a grassy central area that separates a row of apartments, into her mother's arms.

All three were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, where they are said to be doing fine.

"The 10-year-old runs and collapses in her mother's arms," said Miami police spokeswoman Kenia Reyes. "Someone from this area must have seen what happened. We need that input."

Reyes said the event unfolded so quickly that no one in the dozens of townhouses in the direct vicinity could identify the car, or anyone in it. Police weren't naming the girls, and few neighbors were willing to talk to reporters milling about.

Nowell Hayes, 24, said he had just got home from working at Goodwill, when he heard gunshots. "I ran," he said.

Tuesday night, Tracy Wright told reporters outside the hospital that her 10-year-old daughter, Deshareah Wright, was wounded in the shooting and is expected to recover. “Mommy, it hurts,” the young girl told her mother.

Anyone with information on the shootings is urged to call Crimestoppers at 305-471-8477.

Miami Herald staff writer Carli Teproff contributed to this report.

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