Miami-Dade County

5 shot in Overtown expected to survive; Miami cops working on motive

Five men were standing in the courtyard of an Overtown apartment building when a black SUV rolled by and started firing at them. All five were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center in critical but stable conditions.
Five men were standing in the courtyard of an Overtown apartment building when a black SUV rolled by and started firing at them. All five were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center in critical but stable conditions. Miami Herald

The five people shot in the courtyard of an Overtown apartment complex are expected to live — though police still don’t have a motive or any suspects.

“We obviously don’t know who the intended target was,” said Miami Police Detective Freddie Cruz. “Or if anyone there was the intended target.”

According to police and witnesses, a man pulled up in a black Chevrolet SUV shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday, and opened fire toward the courtyard at 1311 NW Second Ave. The shooter drove off north on Northwest Second Court, and people ran for cover.

In the aftermath, five people ranging in age from 17 to 54 were gunned down. They were all taken to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital where they are in stable condition. Police haven’t said what type of weapon was used.

Witnesses described the scene as chaotic. Police said they got the vehicle information from one of the victims.

“We saw the police cars coming and people running from everywhere. And it was like utter mayhem,” Nicole Donald told Miami Herald news partner CBS4.

Miami police released the names of the victims on Monday afternoon. They are Rodney Keaton, 54, Julian Bryant, 22, Derrick Collie, 22, Deandre Benjamin, 17, and Marvin Lewis King, 23. Police said they are continuing to interview the victims and witnesses.

The carnage caused by Sunday’s drive-by shooting is one that has become all too familiar in Miami.

In March 2012, two people were killed and 10 injured during a drive-by shooting at a Miami funeral home. On June 24, a drive-by, also in which a black SUV was used, lit up another courtyard at an apartment complex in Liberty City. In the end, two lives were lost and seven people were hurt.

And in September, two teens are alleged to have driven up to a nightclub called The Spot in Liberty City, got out of the car and shot 15 people. Police have arrested a shooting suspect.

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