Crime

2 women shot dead less than 24 hours apart; cops have little to go on

The shooting deaths of two young women in the dark of night and less than 24 hours apart have police stumped and asking for help.

One of the women was 19 and shot in Overtown as she left a friend’s apartment. The other was 22 and killed on the edge of a Northeast Miami-Dade park.

Police say they have no motive, suspect or description of any vehicle in either case. In one of the cases, police are even asking the public’s help in tracking down the person who called 911 to alert police of one of the shootings.

“All we have is exactly what they [detectives working the case] put out,” Miami-Dade Detective Robin Pinkard said in the shooting death of 22-year-old Joanne Hines. She was the first victim and was found by police and paramedics sometime after 3 a.m. Tuesday with a fatal bullet wound at Oak Grove Park, 690 NE 159th St.

With so little to go on, detectives planned to pass out fliers with a picture of Hines Wednesday night at Oak Grove Park. The shooting site is not far from an apartment complex. Pinkard said police often enlist the public’s help soon after a murder and it usually means they have little to go on.

The second woman killed was 19-year-old Alexus Victoria Douglas. She was killed at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday after leaving a friend’s apartment at 3030 NW 21st Ave. Miami police Detective Freddie Burden said Douglas “left the apartment, walked out in front of the building and someone shot her.”

Like the fatal shooting of Hines, Burden said Miami police have no motive or suspect. Both police departments are urging the public to contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers if anyone has any information that could lead to an arrest. The number is 305-471-8477.

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