Having suffered four bullet wounds and with a friend beside her in critical condition, Donesha Gantt begged the Lord’s forgiveness into a cellphone video recorder.
“If I die, God forgive me for all my sins,” she said.
Gantt, from Atlanta according to her Facebook page, and another woman were shot inside a car trapped in a Burger King drive-through in Opa-locka early Tuesday morning. Police believe they were targeted, but haven’t said why.
The two-minute and 36-second cellphone video Gantt displayed on her Facebook page Tuesday shows her crying and screaming. Appearing to speak with her mother, she says she feels as if she’s going to pass out.
“Ma, I’m shot three times. Ma I’m bleeding,” she says. Then, “There’s a bullet in me. Oh my God.”
She appears at one point to be forgiving the shooters. “It’s good,” Gantt says. Another woman in the car tells her repeatedly to calm down.
Just over a minute into the video, sirens can be heard in the background. Then a paramedic finally arrives.
“Just breathe. You’re gonna be alright. Just breathe,” he says.
But despite her appearing to say she knew who shot her on the Facebook video, Gantt repeatedly refused to tell police investigators at the hospital who was behind the attack, according to a law enforcement source.
Her refusal to cooperate was frustratingly familiar for police detectives who have long battled the “no-snitch” code of the streets.
“She said, 'I would rather die than say who shot me,’” the source told the Miami Herald.
Sources familiar with the shooting said Gantt is in stable condition and is expected to survive. Another woman in the car who hasn’t been identified was also shot and is in critical condition. The two were airlifted to a local hospital. A third woman wasn’t hit by any of the bullets.
The three men who shot up the older model Chrysler as it sat in the Burger King drive-through are still at-large, police said.
Opa-locka police said it was about 9 a.m. when the Chrysler carrying the women stopped at the Burger King drive-through at Northwest 136th Street and 27th Avenue. That’s when three men approached and fired numerous rounds into the vehicle.
The driver managed to get the car out of the line, but filled with holes and wounded victims, it careened about 70 yards down Northwest 27th Avenue before coming to a stop. The shooters ran off. The other women in the Chrysler hasn’t been named.
The damaged Chrysler remained on the scene into the afternoon as detectives scoured the area for witnesses and collected forensic evidence. Two local schools, Nathan B. Young and Robert Ingram Elementary, were briefly locked down as police set up a perimeter and searched for the shooters.
“As the gunfire rang out the driver pulled out of the drive-through,” said Opa-locka’s interim city manager David Chiverton. “Our police department believes they were targeted.”
Gantt’s video is the second time in a week that a scene captured on a cellphone on a South Florida street captured the nation’s attention. Last Friday, a woman named Claudia Castillo used a mounted cellphone camera in her car while following a Miami-Dade police officer who she said was speeding.
The video of her confrontation with police officer Daniel Fonticiella went viral after she posted it on YouTube. In the video a non-confrontational Fonticiella pulls over after being signaled by Castillo, then offers his name and badge number without being asked for it.
Gantt’s post is also the first time local police could recall someone taking live footage of themselves after being shot. Derek Medina, who came to be known as the Facebook killer, posted photos of his wife’s bullet-riddled body in their South Miami home and was later convicted of second-degree murder.
By Tuesday afternoon, Gantt’s Facebook page had been filled with thousands of comments. Gantt herself, appeared to comment: “Blessed. All I can say is blessed. 4wounds and I’m blessed. Love.”