Man suspected of shooting three people in Miami Gardens is in custody, cops say

Update: Cops find 15-year-old girl whose disappearance led to 3 family members getting shot

A suspect in the shooting of three people in Miami Gardens Friday turned himself in after a citywide search, police said.

William Brice, 21, was being questioned Friday night at the Miami Gardens police department. Police said he was identified by anonymous tipsters. Police then called Brice’s family members, who later brought him to the police station.

“We’ll know more when the suspect is fully interviewed,” Miami Gardens police spokesman Carlos Austin said Friday night. “As of right now he has not been arrested but is being detained.”

Brice was believed to have been on the run with a 15-year-old girl who is related to the three victims. Police said it is still unclear if he was with the teen, but said the girl was not present when he turned himself in with a relative.

The early-morning confrontation outside an abandoned home on Northwest 30th Avenue and East Bunche Park Drive created chaos as police issued an order for residents to remain indoors and at least three area schools were placed on lockdown.

“Everything’s on lockdown,” Austin said.

Police said the three victims, who did not suffer life-threatening injuries, are the juvenile’s mother, aunt and uncle. One of them was able to take a picture of the shooting suspect with a cellphone before being shot.

Police identified the missing teen as Janiya Johnson, 15, and said family members determined she was at the home on East Bunche Park Drive from GPS coordinates taken from an ankle bracelet she is wearing. Police were not certain whether she was with the suspect, who ran away after the shootings.

Police had posted the suspect’s picture on the department’s Twitter site and tweeted that they were “actively looking for the subject in the Bunche Park area. If you see him, call 911 immediately. Subject armed and dangerous. Stay indoors.”

The scene in the neighborhood where the shooting took place remained active into the afternoon and police warned that the suspect may have changed clothing. Austin said police suspect the man was sleeping in an SUV parked in the driveway of the abandoned home.

Chuck Rabin, writing news stories for the Miami Herald for the past three decades, covers cops and crime. Before that he covered the halls of government for Miami-Dade and the city of Miami. He’s covered hurricanes, the 2000 presidential election and the Marjory Stoneman Douglas mass shooting. On a random note: Long before those assignments, Chuck was pepper-sprayed covering the disturbances in Miami the morning Elián Gonzalez was whisked away by federal authorities.
Monique O. Madan covers immigration and enterprise; she previously covered breaking news and local government. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and The Dallas Morning News. She is currently a Reveal Fellow at the Center for Investigative Reporting. She graduated from Miami Dade College and Emerson College in Boston. A note to tipsters: If you want to send Monique confidential information, her email and mailbox are open. The address is 3511 NW 91st Ave, Doral, FL 33172. You can also direct message her on social media and she’ll provide encrypted Signal details.