Two teenagers have been arrested in separate South Miami-Dade killings, including the death of a 13-year-old middle school student shot accidentally in the yard of a Florida City house.
In that case, Curtis Hollinger, 15, was arrested on manslaughter charges and booked into jail early Tuesday for killing Darin Booker.
According to Miami-Dade Police, Hollinger, Darin and several other young people were playing with the weapon Sunday night in the front yard of a home on the 400 block of Northwest 13th Street.
Hollinger “produced a firearm pistol, aimed the weapon at the victim and then fatally shot the victim,” according to an arrest report.
Witnesses told reporters the shooter did not think the weapon was loaded when he fired the gun at Darin’s chest.
Residents described a chaotic scene after the shooting, with kids running to their homes and to their parents. Darin was a student at Redland Middle School and a big fan of football.
When the boy crumpled to the ground, Hollinger ran away, hiding the revolver in the bushes nearby. He gave “several false statements” to police before confessing, according to an arrest report by Miami-Dade Detective Kevin Thelwell.
Just hours earlier Sunday night, police said, another young man was shot dead in an unrelated killing in nearby Homestead. The accused shooter: Anthony Scott, 17, who is now charged with second-degree murder.
“In 24 hours, we were able to solve both of the cases and make arrests,” said Miami-Dade Maj. Hector Llevat of the homicide bureau. “The detectives did an excellent job in putting together the pieces.”
According to police, Joshua Adside got into a fistfight with Scott, who drove away.
Adside followed in a friend’s car. The two cars stopped and the young men got out and began arguing again.
Scott pulled out his gun. Adside hollered, “You gonna shoot me, bro?” before punching him in the face, according to police.
But when Scott raised the weapon, Adside scurried behind Scott’s car to hide.
Scott saw Adside “raise his head” from behind the car, then “fired a single shot, killing the victim,” according to Detective James Hatzis’ arrest report.
The teenage gunman dropped the weapon and ran off. Scott, accompanied by his mother, turned himself in to police Monday morning and confessed.