WEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - A 20-year-old man has been arrested following cellphone video that, police said, showed him firing more than a dozen shots into a crowd during an illegal intersection takeover in Northwest Miami-Dade over the weekend.
According to Miami-Dade Police, Michael Trillo was arrested days after the video was shared on social media that showed the chaotic scene on Northwest 146th Street and Seventh Avenue, early Sunday morning.
In the video, a white Dodge Challenger doing donuts in the intersection struck a parked vehicle.
“Which sort of spikes or starts some type of altercation,” said Zabaleta.
Investigators said Trillo is seen brandishing a firearm and discharging multiple rounds at the Dodge, striking multiple two people inside the vehicle and a spectator.
The gunfire caused panic and chaos among the gathered spectators.
Police were able to stop the Dodge on Interstate 95 near Northwest 95th Street.
Paramedics transported the man and woman inside the car to Ryder Trauma Center.
The third victim was taken to Hialeah Hospital by a friend. He was later transferred to Ryder Trauma Center.
“In this particular case, we could have had multiple people dead,” said MDPD Detective Alvaro Zabaleta.
Investigators said the injured victims range in age from 19 to 20 years old.
“Who knows what was going on through Michael Trillo’s mind, but he decided to pull out a firearm and take matters into his own hands and opened fire in the direction of the vehicle,” Zabaleta said.
According to police, Trillo has a criminal history. He was arrested last September in Palm Beach County in connection to a catalytic converter theft ring.
In January, police said, Trillo was arrested again for his alleged role in a drag racing operation. He accepted a plea deal in exchange for five years probation.
Trillo faces three counts of attempted murder and is being held without bond at Turner Guildford Knight Correctional Center in West Miami-Dade.
Police said that these “intersection takeovers” have become a problem in the community.
“When we see lawless, reckless behavior by our residents, by our people, specifically young folks, it’s something that the community has to come together with the police department to put a stop to it,” said Zabaleta.
If you see large groups gathering at an intersection at night, you are urged to call 911.
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