MIAMI (WSVN) - Police are searching for the person or people responsible for opening fire in a residential neighborhood in Miami, sending four young men, three of them in their teens, to the hospital Saturday evening.
According to investigators, the shooting took place at two different locations several blocks apart. Officials said the call initially came as just one person shot.
“The initial call came in for one person shot off of 65th Street and 17th [Avenue],” said Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll.
At around 6:15 p.m., City of Miami Police responded to the scene, along the 1300 block of Northwest 62nd Lane, and cordoned off a large area.
“Officers began to respond, and when they arrived, they found that one person had been shot,” said Miami Police Officer Kenia Fallat.
But first responders soon discovered there were additional victims. “Then we began to receive additional information that we had multiple people shot in these two different locations,” said Carroll.
“As they continued finding victims, it turned to four people shot,” said Fallat.
“More calls came in for more people shot off of 62nd and 12th and 13th Avenue,” said Carroll.
A witness said he heard seven or eight shots at around 6 p.m. “It sounded like, ‘pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow,'” he said.
Paramedics transported the victims to Ryder Trauma Center with injuries that were not life-threatening.
7News cameras rows of captured crime scene tape blocking off several blocks near Northwest 14th Avenue and 62nd Street, as detectives searched for clues and tried to piece together the incident.
Cameras also showed bullet holes outside a house in the neighborhood.
Officials said the four victims are 13, 16, 19 and 20 years old. At around 10 p.m., police confirmed they were all listed in stable condition.
Investigators said the motive behind the shooting remains unclear.
While the search for those responsible continues, area residents called for an end to the violence. “It doesn’t make any sense,” said the witness.
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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