A 19-year-old was shot several times at point blank range and died late Monday afternoon on a closed foot bridge linking the Village of El Portal to unincorporated Miami-Dade.
On Tuesday police identified the dead teen as Lorenzo Mosie and said he lives in the Allapattah area.
A person familiar with the incident said they’re working on the belief that two or three men shot the teen, then jumped the fence on the west side of the bridge that spans the Little River Canal at Northwest 85th to 86th streets near North Miami Avenue.
“I was sitting on my patio and I heard six gunshots go off,” a man named Steve Johnson told NBC 6.
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El Portal, a small bedroom community with little commercial industry just west of Biscayne Boulevard and north of Northeast 82nd Street, maintains the bridge.
Village leaders made the decision a while ago to close the bridge at each end between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. each day, after a series of home robberies. It’s opened during the day to allow school kids to cross it and avoid the busy traffic along North Miami Avenue.
The bridge was believed to be closed when the shooting happened. Police believe the shooter or shooters jumped the gate on the west side into the unincorporated neighborhood.