Cousins shot near Miami park share ordeal amid search for shooter

MIAMI (WSVN) - Days after three young cousins were shot by a woman who robbed them in Miami, a 12-year-old boy continues to recover at the hospital.

According to Miami Police, three young cousins, ranging in ages from 12 to 20 years old, were shot by a woman who robbed them near a park in Miami, Saturday night.

All three family members who were shot are expected to make full recoveries. Two are recovering at home, while the youngest is still recovering at the hospital, where he is listed in stable condition.

Miami Police and Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the shooting a few blocks away from Roberto Clemente Park, near the corner of Northwest 34th Street and First Avenue, near Midtown, just after 8 p.m.

Officials said the victims were walking away from the park, in a residential area, when they were targeted by the subject. “They were walking from the park, and they were approached by a vehicle,” said Miami Police Officer Yelitza Cedano. “A lady jumps out of the car, approaches them and intends to rob them of their property.”

Police released surveillance video of the shooting, Monday.

Nursing a leg wound, 17-year-old Juan Escobar described how he and his two cousins, 12-year-old Delber Camilo Diaz and 20-year-old Jeydin Martinez, were robbed at gunpoint in their own neighborhood. “After we gave her our property, she shot us,” he said in Spanish.

“They only seen like a flash of a person,” said Jaferson Cano, a cousin of the victims who was not involved in the incident.

Diaz suffered a gunshot wound to his midsection. Martinez, meanwhile, was struck in the ankle.

Having just moved to the country, Diaz had only been in the United States for 12 hours before his deadly encounter. In a recording he sent to his mother in Honduras, Diaz said he is OK and he loves her.

Area resident Tamice Kelsey said she heard the victims’ screams and came out to render aid. “I just took my shirt off and just applied the pressure to [the boy],” she said.

While Diaz remains at the hospital, his older cousins were released and are back home.

“The girl who shot us grabbed my purse from behind, and I gave it to her,” Martinez said in Spanish.

Martinez said, before handing over her valuables, she hesitated with her cellphone, and that’s when the robber shot Diaz. While they tried to run, she and Escobar were hit.

Police said the shooter was apparently a passenger in the car that had approached the cousins. “It’s a midsize sedan, silver or white in color, possibly a Chrysler,” said Cedano.

The car zoomed off, leaving the young victims bleeding in the street. “Wrong place, wrong time,” said Cano.

Police are searching for the female suspect and her driver.

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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