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Police: North Miami Beach shooting appears to be gang-related

Miami Dade police’s gang unit will help investigate a North Miami Beach shooting that left one man dead and sent another to the hospital, city officials said Wednesday.

Police received multiple calls around 7:15 p.m. Tuesday about shots fired in the 1300 block of Northeast 175th Street. According to witnesses, two to three men emerged from a dark-colored car with tinted windows and opened fire on Christopher Jonathas, 25, and his half brother Wilson Boue, 29, who were inside a relative’s home playing video games.

Police believe “at least one’’ gunman fired shots into a window; they’re looking for “a black male wearing black clothing and a black mask’’ driving a dark car, possibly an older model.

The shooting devastated Jonathas’ family. He recently graduated from college with a degree in business administration and wanted to go to graduate school. Boue had just moved back from Gainesville after earning an EMT certification.

Police said they found Jonathas’ body on a bed. Boue, who was transported to Aventura Hospital, was sitting in the driveway with a gunshot wound to the hand, police said.

Kathy Katerman, a North Miami Beach police spokeswoman, said detectives believe the two men were at the wrong place at the wrong time.

“We believe they weren’t the intended targets. They both come from a clean-cut background and don’t have any beefs in the area.”

Jonathas, who had moved to Pembroke Pines to live with his dad because of concerns over safety, was at the home to pick up Boue for a job interview the next day, reported Miami Herald news partner CBS4.

“This was a senseless death. He had nothing to do with whatever they thought it was. Like why,” Jonathas’ aunt Donna Newbold told CBS4. “You take an innocent life away from a family, that hurts. For no reason, no reason at all. There was no need to kill him. There was no need to go in there and shoot up. You don’t know who was there. He was just visiting; he was just playing video games.”

Katerman said police recovered guns from the home and are looking for ties to similar shootings in the area.

“Everything is pointing toward a possible gang connection,” said Brian Andrews, a spokesperson for City Manager Ana Garcia.

The next step for police is to collect surveillance footage from surrounding homes.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS. There’s a reward of up to $3,000.

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