One teenager was killed and another teenager was injured in two separate shootings within blocks of each other in Northwest Miami-Dade early Wednesday evening.
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Police confirmed late Wednesday that a teenager was killed in a shooting at 1425 NW 71st St. Miami-Dade Police Spokeswoman Robin Pinkard said a 17-year-old boy was walking on the street just before 5:30 p.m. when someone walked up and shot him several times.
“The victim was able to run across the street to a nearby apartment complex, where he collapsed,” Pinkard said.
The teen, who was not identified, was taken to Ryder Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead, Pinkard said.
Around the same time, a 16-year-old boy was hit in the leg at 7550 NW 19th Ave. Pinkard said Dequan Gordon, 16, was on the front porch with Kawaski Sams when someone walked up and started shooting. Pinkard said the shooter was seen getting in a newer-model red Camry.
Dequan was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital in stable condition, Pinkard said.
Brandon Ruiz, 24, said he was across the street from the fatal shooting.
“It’s petrifying,” he said. “You have to stand on guard.”
Pinkard said investigators were not sure if the two shootings were related.
“We have seen a number of shootings recently involving juveniles,” Pinkard said. “Our department is out there every day. We are asking the community if they know anything to please call us.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.