Freddrick Parks fired the bullet that killed Khambell Manning last week during a wild shootout near Miami Carol City High School that had students trapped in the school and dogs and helicopters scouring the neighborhood for hours, police said Tuesday.
Parks, 17, was taken into custody Tuesday morning by Miami Gardens and Miami-Dade police, and was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 16-year-old Khambell Manning. Parks also was charged with attempting to murder Manning’s friend, 17-year-old Tranard Gray.
Gray was released from Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center over the weekend. Manning died there Sunday night.
Police continue to look for an accomplice of Park’s who eluded a manhunt covering several blocks around the school at 3301 NW 183rd St. in Miami Gardens.
The rush-hour dragnet tied up traffic on busy 183rd Street and on surrounding roads into the residential neighborhood north of the school. Parents waiting to pick up kids locked inside were made more anxious by the glare of helicopter searchlights and the sight of police dogs scouring the area.
“We believe there are more people involved,” said Miami-Dade Police Detective Elena Hernandez. “We believe there were a total of four. The case is still open, and we’re still trying to piece everything together.”
Police attributed the gunfight to “an ongoing feud between the parties,” without going into detail.
According to police and eyewitness accounts, about 3:30 p.m. Friday three teenagers and another male began to quarrel on the school’s east side, either just on school property or near a basketball court at a public park adjacent to the school. It was an hour after school had ended for the day.
Shots sounded, and kids scattered. At one point, Gray, bleeding from a gunshot wound, stumbled into the school begging for help. He received it, and police were already on their way.
Though Parks was not arrested until Tuesday, Miami Gardens police found him almost immediately at or near the school grounds.
Police who interrogated Parks named him as the shooting suspect as early as Friday. But they delayed officially charging him until after Khambell’s condition became clear.
Police at the scene said shots were fired in both directions, though only Manning and Gray were struck. On Friday, they said no weapon had been recovered. On Tuesday they were not giving details.
School administrators said none of the four males involved in the shooting are students at Carol City. Police believe the male who escaped fled to the north, into a dense cluster of homes.
About 400 students were still at school four hours after the end of classes Friday. Many were taking part in after-school activities. Others were waiting to attend a basketball game that night against Hialeah’s American Senior High School.
With the school placed on lockdown, about 400 students were forced to remain inside the school until the threat was cleared about 6:30 p.m. They were shuttled between classrooms and a gymnasium, several kids said. As a precaution, about 375 other kids were locked down at a nearby middle and elementary school.
The shooting at Carol City took place the same day that Myron May is accused of shooting three students at Florida State University in Tallahassee. One of them is paralyzed from the waist down. Police shot and killed May just outside the FSU library.