SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - Two people were rushed to the hospital after shots broke out in Southwest Miami-Dade.
According to authorities, it all started around 1:35 a.m., with an attempted carjacking along 120th Street and Southwest 100th Avenue. A couple was sitting in their vehicle near a well-lit area in their neighborhood, when they were approached by two male suspects dressed all in black. One of the suspects tapped on the window, pulled out a gun and began shooting.
The driver of the vehicle, Christian Martinez, was struck in the shoulder, and the passenger, Percilla Macia, was struck in the leg. Macia’s parents woke up to their daughter and her boyfriend driving to their house, just a few blocks from the scene and were able to call an ambulance.
“My daughter shouting, ‘shooting, shooting, shooting,’ so I thought there was a shooting in front of my house,” said Macia’s father, a trained EMT and military veteran. “From there, I just stopped the bleeding and called 911, and thank God police arrived immediately.”
Macia said she and her boyfriend were parked and sitting inside their car, in what they considered to be a safe part of their neighborhood.
7News also spoke with Macia’s mother, Rocio, who said what her daughter described to her did not sound like a robbery. “They were screaming at them, but they were not demanding anything,” said the mother. “They were shooting. That’s all.”
Both victims were transported to an area hospital in stable condition. They are expected to OK. Macia has since been released from the hospital. However, the bullet is still in her leg.
“I’m in pain,” said Macia, “I just found out I had a bullet in there, so I mean that’s kind of shocking to find out that it was in there, but I feel good to say the least, lucky to be alive.”
Miami-Dade Police are now searching for the two subjects, who fled the scene in an unknown direction. “I want them to be found,” said Macia. “I don’t want them to stop looking. We had heard from the hospital this has been happening a lot, so it needs to stop.”
If you have any information on this crime, 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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