Miami-Dade County

Bullets and Molotov cocktails fly in North Miami-Dade

A Miami-Dade detective looks a house that took 70 rounds of gunfire at 1171 NW 147th St. on Wednesday April 29, 2015.
A Miami-Dade detective looks a house that took 70 rounds of gunfire at 1171 NW 147th St. on Wednesday April 29, 2015. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Residents of three homes within a nine-block area on the north end of Miami-Dade County were startled from their sleep early Wednesday as bullets pierced walls and some type of makeshift Molotov cocktail was hurled their way.

When the smoke cleared and the fire was put out, police found dozens of spent shell casings, and they were still trying to determine the mixture tossed at the homes. Amazingly, no one was injured.

“Everything happened one after the other,” said Miami-Dade Police Detective Romelio Martinez.

According to police, the first call that went out about shots being fired was at 6 a.m. at a home at 1121 NW 141st St. The home was littered with bullet holes and residents said they saw someone throw a flammable device from a car. There was no fire and no description of the vehicle or anyone inside it.

As police were investigating the first incident, another call went out about shots being fired nine blocks away at 1415 NW 147th St. That home was also littered with bullet holes and there were signs that another Molotov cocktail had been tossed. Again, there were no injuries and no fire.

Then a third call came into police a short while later. This one was for a fire at a home at 1120 NW 141st St., near where the first incident took place. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded and put out the fire. No one was injured there, either.

Martinez said it was too early to determine if the three incidents were related, but that it appears likely.

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