SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - Police made three arrests hours after a shooting and crash following a graduation party at a strip mall in Kendall, but it remains unclear whether the teens were involved in the incident that left three people dead, including a corrections officer.
Officers took 19-year-old Quantayvius McCutchen, 17-year-old Yahtayvius McCutchen and 19-year-old Keyshad Richardson into custody on Sunday.
Investigators said the arrests follow a pursuit by officers hours after Sunday morning’s shooting outside of the Hookah Inn at a shopping plaza near Southwest 104th Street and 109th Court.
Miami-Dade Police units responded to the scene of the drive-by shooting in front of the hookah lounge, at around 2:20 a.m.
On Monday, code enforcement came back to the Hookah Inn with more citations.
The county had already hit the business for thousands in fines including the failure to maintain a building or structure in safe condition.
“This violence is very random throughout our community,” said Miami-Dade Police Department Director Alfredo Ramirez
Officers were responded after shots were fired outside the Hookah Inn as a graduation party was wrapping up. At least five people were shot and a sixth was killed. She’s been identified as Tyleshia Taylor, who had been working for the Florida Department of Corrections since 2020.
According to investigators, two others were killed as they tried to get away. Their car crashed into a wall at Miami-Dade College across the street. A family identified one of them as 18-year-old Kheem.
“We’re still trying to see what is their relation in this shooting,” Ramirez said. “What we do know is that inside that car with the victims, there is a firearm.”
Meanwhile, three teens were arrested in a shootout on the Florida Turnpike just before the deadly drive-by.
Yahtayvius McCutchen, Quantayvius McCutchen and Keyshad Richardson were ordered to remain behind bars. Two of them stood in front of a judge Monday.
According to an arrest report, the trio staked out the Hookah Inn, eventually leaving and spotting a car of people they knew from that graduation party. The trio, police said, opened fire on the car along the Turnpike, injuring at least one.
So far, investigators have not been able to link them to the deadly shooting at the Hookah Inn, but they will remain locked up, for now.
“There’s probable cause for two counts of attempted first-degree murder, and I have to hold you no bond on each count,” said the judge.
If you have any information on the shootings outside the Hookah Inn or on the Turnpike, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.
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