MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) - Three teenagers have been shot outside a home near Carol City Senior High School in Miami Gardens.
According to Miami Gardens Police, shots rang out, Friday, before 3 p.m., during a drive-by shooting in front of a home located at 3505 N.W. 188th Street, striking the victims.
Police said two 15-year-old males and one 14-year old male were reportedly shot in the legs.
The victims are ninth grade students at Carol City Senior High School.
Ambulances transported two of the teens to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, while another was driven separately in a car.
Paramedics picked up the two teens from a home where a good Samaritan had been taking care of one victim. The good Samaritan, a pediatric nurse at Jackson Memorial Hospital, sat the teen down in a chair and tried to calm him down.
“He sat here and I hold his leg and put pressure on his leg until the paramedics got here,” said the nurse, who did not want to be identified. “He keep asking me, ‘When the paramedics gonna get here?’ I said, ‘They’re gonna get here, just be calm.'”
Another teen sat on her front lawn waiting for paramedics.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said none of the injuries are considered life-threatening.
Police are searching for a small, white Nissan Murano SUV that the shooter, or shooters, may have fled the scene in.
According to Miami-Dade County Public Schools Police, Carol City High School, Barbara Hawkins Elementary School and Carol City Middle School were all placed on lockdown while police worked the scene. Students were later dismissed in a controlled release.
7News spoke to one student, Christian Williams, as she left Carol City Senior High School. “It makes me a little unsafe living in this environment,” Williams said, “Knowing that kids younger than me can be capable of doing stuff like that, so it just makes everything on edge.”
Williams and a friend said they initially ran into a band room.
“They went on the intercom, and they told everybody to get in the classroom because we’re in a code red,” she said, “because close down the street at the middle school they’re shooting.”
At around 4 p.m., Carvalho, police detectives from Miami-Dade Schools Police and members of the City of Miami Gardens Police Department arrived to multiple scenes marked with police tape in the area, including one located at Northwest 187th Street and 34th Court.
“This afternoon, senior high school kids doing nothing more than walking home after a day of schooling,” Carvalho said. “This is inexcusable. If this is not a wake up call to the entire community, I don’t know what would be.”
School board member Dr. Steve Gallon III said the shooting has to stop.
“This is happening from County Line Road to Homestead,” Gallon said, “and we have to take an account of what’s happening with our young people.”
Outside of the hospital, Friday night, a woman told reporters, “Tell people to stop killing people. That’s what you do. Tell them to stop it, and tell the pastor to start praying.”
The older brother of the 14-year-old victim said his brother’s leg was broken by the gunshot.
“He said he’s good,” the brother, who identified himself as “K,” said. “He’s just in pain right now. Gonna go in surgery, get his leg fixed. He’s good.”
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 $1,000 reward.
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