1 dead, 1 injured after shooting in Opa-locka

OPA-LOCKA, FLA. (WSVN) - One person was killed and another is fighting for his life in the hospital after a shooting in Opa-locka.

Police are now looking for those responsible for the shooting that happened in the middle of rush hour, near Northwest 27th Avenue and Ali Baba Avenue, Thursday.

According to Opa-locka Police, one person was pronounced dead at the scene. Another person, identified as Kennet Spencer, was seen being taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

“I saw one person on the ground asking for help, that was later carried away by the ambulance,” said witness Zain Maniar.

A white Nissan Maxima with front-end damage was seen with the driver’s side door open, and a yellow tarp covering a body inside.

According to witnesses the damage was caused as a result of the car hitting another vehicle during the shooting.

The bullet-riddled car has since been towed away.

“I heard a lot of gunshots – maybe 10 or 12,” said a witness. “It sounded like a high-caliber weapon because the ‘pops’ were very loud, and when I came out, it was already over. We don’t know who was shot and who shot them.”

Investigators are searching for a dark pickup truck with four tires on the back axle.

“At this point, we really need to try to identify a possible shooter and what their motive may have been,” said Miami-Dade Police Det. Lee Cowart, “and get that gun off the street.”

Cellphone video captured the scene as the surviving victim was being put into the back of a rescue truck.

Spencer’s family was outside of the hospital and joined in prayer for a speedy recovery.

“He was a laid-back person,” said the victim’s sister Dominique Burkes. “He didn’t get in much trouble. Ain’t nothing really bad I have to say about my little brother. It’s just we want him to get better and pull through. God has the last say on everything.”

Police had shutdown Northwest 27th Avenue from Opa-locka Boulevard to Ali Baba Avenue for most of the day. That roadway has been reopened.

Residents in the area hope the violence will come to an end.

“I don’t know who the suspects were. We never saw them,” said one resident, “but all I know is we need some more gun control.”

At this point it is unknown what exactly led to the shooting.

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 $3,000 reward.

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