MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) - Police have arrested a man in connection to a shooting that killed a woman in Miami Gardens.
Alicia Roundtree, a 43-year-old mother of three, was driving westbound on Northwest 183rd Street when a single bullet came through her car, Dec. 9. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.
According to police, 52-year-old Donald Alex Young turned himself in, Tuesday.
Police said Roundtree was not the intended victim. They believe Young was aiming at two other vehicles nearby when the bullet pierced Roundtree’s car, causing the wounds that led to her death, according to police. “She was just at the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Roundtree’s son, Isaiah Rafael.
Young now faces a first-degree murder charge and seven counts of attempted first-degree murder.
He is being held without bond.
In a Wednesday morning court appearance, Young’s attorney attempted to argue that since Roundtree was not the intended victim, his charges should be lowered. However, judge Mindy Glazer did not agree.
“I think it should be, at the very worst, second-degree, which obviously is a bondable case,” Young’s attorney, Paul Gerson, said. “He admitted that he fired the gun. He brought the gun with him and gave it voluntarily to the police.”
“I understand that the bullet strayed off course and unfortunately struck the victim and killed her. However, his intent was to kill somebody,” said Glazer.
Isaiah and his brother Johnathan were grateful for a break in the case surrounding their mother’s death.
“I do really appreciate the help that came forward,” said Isaiah. “Doesn’t really fix it, but it at least gives closure.”
“All I can say is thank you to the guy that turned himself in because it was hard not knowing whoever you were,” said Johnathan.
Since their mother’s death, Isaiah has graduated college. “She was the driving force behind that,” he said. “It meant a lot to her, and it really hurt to know that she didn’t get to make it to that day.”
The brothers are appreciative to their community for the unwavering support.
“It really showed me, specifically me, that there’s a little bit of magic in this world,” said Isaiah. “It’s been tough, but to get this closure is better than anything I could have ever asked for, so I appreciate it.”
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