A young man with two handguns walked up to a group of people in front of a Liberty City market on Monday evening and opened fire, killing a 52-year-old woman and wounding two men, Miami police said.
The two wounded men — one shot in the arm, the other shot in the back — are expected to live as police hunt for the gunman. The victims were rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital.
The identity of the slain woman, who was shot in the stomach, was not released Monday. It was unclear who was the intended target, said Miami Detective Rene Pimentel, a police spokesman.
About a dozen people had been crowded outside the King Brothers Market, 1304 NW 62nd St., around 7:15 p.m. when the gunman approached on foot. The market is across the street from the Liberty Square public housing project — called the Pork & Beans by residents.
Homicide detectives did not have a detailed description of the gunman, who disappeared in the chaos. They are now reviewing video surveillance outside the store to see whether the shooting was recorded. Investigators also are looking for witnesses.
Police cordoned off the area with yellow crime scene tape. A crime scene investigator with a flashlight walked up and down in front of the brightly lit market, looking for bullet casings on the ground. Other officers checked the sidewalks near the housing project.
Across the street, several young people stood outside of another market, checking out the scene.
As police cordoned off the street in front of the crime scene, turning back traffic, residents came out in their yards, but most said they didn’t see or hear anything.
“We want the public to come forward and give us a hand with this case,” Pimentel said. “We know there were multiple witnesses. People were standing outside. We need the public’s help.”
Anyone with information can call Miami-Dade CrimeStoppers at 305-471-TIPS, or Miami's homicide unit at 305-579-6530.