Miami Gardens teen identified in fatal drive-by shooting

MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) - A South Florida teen has been identified after, police said, he died from his injuries during an apparent Miami Gardens drive-by shooting.

According to Miami Gardens Police, a 17-year-old, who was identified by his mother as Nathaniel Jackson, was sitting on a friend’s porch at the time of the shooting, along Northwest 207th Street near 29th Avenue, Monday afternoon.

The shooting took place just before 4 p.m. and only a few blocks from the victim’s home.

A witness said, “A car approached, rolled down the window and started shooting.”

Jackson was the only one hit.

“He never picked up a gun. Never, ever picked up a gun, man,” said Jackson’s brother, Cedrick Bivens

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue transported Jackson to Memorial Regional Hospital in unknown condition, where he later died due to his injuries. Miami Gardens PD said the teen was struck at least one time.

Jackson’s mother said her son attended Miami Carol City Senior High School.

“Right now, it’s a hurtful feeling, like I said,” said Bivens. “It’s a loss to the family. It’s a baby that died. Seventeen-year-old teen, my little brother, man. It’s not even like a joke, you know? It’s something real happened, and nobody’s telling, coming up for it, you know?”

“Everybody hurt right now, real hurt,” said his brother, Terriez Bivens. “We need answers, man. We need answers.”

Police have not yet identified the vehicle.

Officers from Miami Gardens Police bike patrol have been passing out flyers and reaching out to the community for help in finding the shooter.

Cedrick said, “I know everybody don’t wanna say nothing, man, but you gotta say something. Think about it, if it was your little brother, your child or something.”

Across the street from the shooting is a church, which may have surveillance cameras that could help police identify the car, and the person or persons who opened fire and remain at large.

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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