Police: Woman shoots 12-year-old, 2 others in robbery near Miami park

MIAMI (WSVN) - Police are searching for the woman who, they said, shot three young people, including a 12-year-old boy, while robbing them near a park in Miami, sending them to the hospital, Saturday night.

Miami Police and Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the shooting a few blocks away from Roberto Clemente Park, in the area of Northwest First Avenue and 35th Street, 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.”

Investigators said the victims handed over their valuables, but the robber shot them anyway.

Police said a 12-year-old boy was shot in the chest area and a 20-year-old woman was hit in the ankle. The third victim, 17 years old, also sustained a gunshot wound.

An area resident said she saw the woman who was shot. “I open up a window and I see the girl limping, and she was screaming for help,” she said. “When I came out, I saw the three people laying on the ground over there.”

One neighbor shot cellphone video of the victims moments after the shooting as Good Samaritan Juana Calo and others came to help.

Calo said she tried to keep one of the male victims conscious while they waited for paramedics to arrive. “He was passing out, so we were like, ‘Come on, come on, let’s go. Please don’t let — please, you’re too young, Come on, come on,'” she said.

“I just took my shirt off and just applied the pressure to him and held it until the ambulance and the police came,” said the woman who first spotted the victims.

“We just did our best,” said Calo. “I just need to know if this guy is going to make it.”

Paramedics transported the two older victims to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where they are expected to be OK. The boy was taken to Ryder Trauma Center in critical condition, but officials said, as of Sunday night, he is listed in stable condition.

Police have not yet released the victims’ names.

The suspected shooter remains at large. Detectives believe there were more people inside the mid-sized four-door vehicle that approached the victims.

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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