A New Year’s party turned violent when three gunmen robbed and shot party-goers at a south Miami-Dade County home early Wednesday.
At 3:10 a.m., police said, three men on bicycles confronted homeowner Armando Periera, who was hosing off his driveway in the 13400 block of Southwest 270th Terrace.
The men demanded that Periera, 47, give them his jewelry, which he did, Miami-Dade police said. The gunmen then forced Periera to lead them toward his back yard so they could rob people who were still hanging out from the New Year’s festivities.
One of Periera’s guests tried to fight back, police said.
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Sergio Cardenas Jr., 37, got into a struggle with one of the robbers, sending the two men plunging into Periera’s swimming pool. Another robber fired into the pool, striking Cardenas in the shoulder, police said.
Nereda Morera, Cardenas’ 61-year-old mother, ran to help her son. A gunman shot her as well, police said, in the abdomen and lower extremities.
A third victim, Jayeski Placencia, 39, also suffered two gunshot wounds to the lower extremities.
The three shooting victims were taken to area hospitals, where they were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The gunmen fled on bicycles, and Miami-Dade robbery detectives are searching for them.
A Miami-Dade police spokesman warned against resisting the demands of gun-wielding robbers.
“If someone confronts you demanding property, don’t fight over the property. Just hand them the property, you can always replace that,” Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said to WSVN-Channel 7. “You can't replace a mom, who we almost lost at the scene; you can't replace a son, who we almost lost at the scene.”