MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) - A shooting outside a Miami Gardens home has left two people dead and another injured, according to police.
It all happened around midnight, outside a home near Northwest 24th Court and 168th Street.
“At approximately 12:17 this morning we received a call of shots fired in the area,” said Miami Gardens Police Maj. Ralph Suarez. “The unit responded, and we found that we had a couple of victims that were victims of shots.”
According to officials, upon their arrival, they found a car riddled with bullets.
Police identified two victims as 16-year-old Jemmelle Raymond, who died at the scene, and 18-year-old Dre’quan Burnett, who passed away after being transported in critical condition to Jackson Memorial Hospital.
A third victim was injured but is listed as stable at JMH. “At this point, we have two confirmed victims and one that might be related to this incident, as well,” said Suarez.
Relatives said one of the victims was outside of his grandmother’s house with two other people, when the shots rang out.
“Yeah, I heard the shots. I mean, ‘bop, bop, bop, bop, bop, bop, bop,'” said Inez Harris, who lives nearby. “Like, oh, Jesus, and I dove out of my bed on the floor.”
One of the victim’s bodies was still inside the vehicle when it was towed from the scene. A white SUV was also shot at, but it is unclear if anyone was inside at the time. That vehicle was also towed from the scene.
Police believe the shooting may be connected to another shooting. “What we have, it looks more like a gang retaliation shooting,” said Suarez.
The 16-year-old’s relatives said this is the second tragedy to strike their family this month. The victim’s brother, who was only 18 years old, was fatally shot in Liberty City in a separate shooting, just two weeks ago.
According to official records, no arrests have been made in either shooting.
Neighbors in the area told 7News’ Brian Entin a 16-year-old who was murdered in Miami Gardens had a brother who was killed in the last month. “It’s sad that his family have to relive the same picture,” said Eric Readon, a neighbor of the family. “The same movie have to be replayed to them all over again but just a different individual. It’s sad that we’re dealing with lives. This isn’t a movie; this is no fiction. This is real life stuff we’re dealing with.”
Police are now searching for the shooter or shooters responsible. Investigators do not have a motive for either shooting.
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 $3,000 reward.
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