MIAMI (WSVN) - Law enforcement officers, local leaders and residents are calling for change following a recent string of deadly shootings in Miami-Dade County.
Miami-Dade Commission Chairman Jose “Pepe” Diaz held a discussion with the Board of County Commissioners in downtown Miami, Wednesday morning to discuss what could be done.
Yellow evidence markers on the road mark another bloody day in Miami-Dade County.
“That’s like concentrated shots. Somebody is actually aiming at someone shooting,” said a witness.
Eleven shootings in just a week’s time have killed at least three people and injured dozens more.
Families have been left devastated and calling for the spike in crime to stop.
“You killed the wrong kid!” a father screamed.
One of the latest shootings happened on Northwest 17th Street Wednesday morning, sending two people to the hospital.
A man was hit in the stomach and a young woman got shot in her back and shoulder.
“I think this is once again an indication of a proliferation of firearms in our community,” said Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo.
Acevedo said the department will work closer with businesses to obtain access to their security cameras for a real time look at the city.
“The city can’t afford to put a camera everywhere, even though I know that they would love to, but we can leverage that partnership with our private sector partners,” he said.
And cameras do pick up crimes, including a frightening scene near the Lincoln Field Apartments in Liberty City.
And on the 1400 block of Northwest 71st Street, where Miami-Dade Police said they responded to a shooting.
Bullets flew into this house while a woman was home. Fortunately, she wasn’t hit.
Miami-Dade commissioners spent the first part of their meeting Wednesday looking at ways to quickly curb the violence.
“This is not our community. This is not the way we are here in South Florida,” said Miami-Dade Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz.
Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava proposed a $90 million plan to get kids and guns off the streets.
“We are going to be doing everything we can to focus on prevention, steering people in the right direction, and that’s what the peace and prosperity plan will do,” she said.
The Miami-Dade County Black Affairs Advisory Board also met on Wednesday, demanding more than the mayor’s $90 million plan.
“She cares and I understand and appreciate her empathy. But I don’t want empathy, I want action. I don’t need to know you care. I need to know who’s getting fired,” said chairman Stephen Hunter Johnson.
Miami-Dade Police are also going to be releasing a new program that they will discuss on Thursday called Operation Summer Heat as they try to get ahead of the uptick in crime.
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