MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) - Police are investigating an overnight shooting that injured four people in Miami Gardens.
It happened at around 2 a.m., Friday, near the 2800 block of Northwest 173rd Terrace.
One neighbor said she was in bed when she heard the shots, but when she didn’t hear anything after, she went back to sleep. “When I turned, I didn’t hear anyone screaming,” said Gloria Smith, “so I went back to sleep and later on, like an hour later, I see all the lights, and I’m like, what’s going on? And my kids told me our neighbor down there got shot up. They was on the porch chilling, or whatever they were doing, and someone came by and shoot at them.”
Smith said the people in the neighborhood have been there for a long time and know each other well. Neighbors also said this is the third shooting to plague the community in just a couple of weeks.
“When the police pick up over 39 bullet shells, that they shoot up a house, and then you turn right round the corner, another house gets shot up within a week, it’s something going on,” said a man from the neighborhood. “Yeah, I’m frustrated. I’m frustrated. You know, when is this going to stop?”
One of the victims was airlifted to Aventura Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds and is said to be in critical condition. Three other victims were also transported to Aventura Hospital by ground but were said to be conscious and alert.
Family members identified one of the victims as Andrew Nance. His grandmother, Catherine Pridgen, said Nance and his friends, all in their 20s, were hanging out after he had just finished working his shift as a security guard.
Pridgen also said she was inside when she heard the gunshots. “I ran out here on the porch, and he just said, ‘Call 911.’ He had been shot,” said Pridgen. “I called 911 and they came.”
Pridgen said Nance is OK, but she doesn’t know who would want to hurt her grandson or his friends. “He didn’t tell me anything. He just said he’s been shot,” she said. “He was just sitting there and somebody came up and shot him, and he don’t know who it was because he couldn’t see him.”
Pridgen said the shooting appeared to be without reason. “They didn’t have to do that, that was uncalled for, they was just sitting here having a conversation after work,” said Pridgen.
Nance kept his friends updated through social media posts and a Facebook Live video showing him being examined on his hospital bed, at times grimacing in pain.
Police are now searching for the gunmen.
If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.
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