Three separate shootings in Miami, all within 14 hours and a mile of each other, left two men dead, a third clinging to life, and a teenage girl and a woman with minor injuries.
Police haven’t linked any of the shootings, but investigators studying the crime scenes and interviewing witnesses plan to compare notes to determine if the spurt of violence is related.
“At this point we have no connection at all,” said Miami Police Detective Freddie Burden. “But they’ll pow-wow and determine.”
The first shooting happened just before 9 p.m. Tuesday in front of a home at Northwest 62nd Lane and 13th Avenue, inside the Liberty Square housing project. It’s a tight 10-block neighborhood of subsidized town homes where more than three dozen shootings were documented in the first six months of 2014.
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Police said two brothers were talking outside the home when two men approached and opened fire, then sped north on 13th Avenue, possibly in a white, four-door Chrysler. Witnesses lost sight of the car as it headed east on 65th Street, police said.
“We have no information on the shooters,” Burden said.
Cassiaus Cadet-Stuckey, 23, was shot several times and taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he died. His brother was not hurt.
But a 16-year-old girl and a 25-year-old woman who were standing nearby were grazed by bullet fragments. They were treated at the scene by Miami paramedics.
About a dozen bullet holes filled the wall of a home where the shooting took place.
Neighbor Maria Williams told Miami Herald news partner CBS4 that she’s tired of all the shooting and constantly diving on the floor for cover.
“I have to deal with this. My kids have to deal with this. We didn’t do nothing to nobody,” she said.
The other two shootings took place within six minutes of each other on Wednesday morning.
The first shooting happened at 10:55 a.m. at 6420 NW 11th Ave. Police released little information other than that a male was shot and is recuperating at Jackson Memorial.
The next shooting, prompting some police to bolt from the earlier scene to this one, happened at 11:01 a.m. in an alley just behind a home at 1781 NW 53rd St.
Witnesses told police the man who was shot and killed was chased into the alley on foot. Police didn’t release his name Wednesday as they continued to scour the neighborhood for clues.
Police dogs were searching for casings, and forensic experts were taking fingerprints from cars. A helicopter flew overhead, likely searching for the shooter. Several plastic evidence markers littered 53rd Street, signifying bullet casings or any other possible clues.
Police are urging anyone with information to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.