SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - Police have arrested one man and detained two others in connection to a quadruple shooting, Wednesday morning, in Southwest Miami-Dade.
According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, four people were shot, just after 8 a.m., at Southwest 264th Street and 139th Avenue. The surrounding neighborhood was blocked off as officials conducted their investigation.
During the investigation, police became aware of a vehicle that fled the area, and officers began a pursuit.
“It is a dark-colored vehicle that was spotted, dark-colored vehicle that fled from the officers. Two bail out from this dark-colored vehicle, perimeters were established,” Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said.
Officers were able to detain a female in the car and a male who fled on foot. The third occupant, believed to be the driver, was later taken into police custody, just before 5 p.m., near the scene of the crime.
The four victims were transported to a nearby hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, with at least two airlifted. All four are expected to be OK.
A friend of one of the victims, Natasha Butler, said the community has “aspirations of living” and not waking up fearful each day. “We need to get involved in what is going on in our communities,” she said. “Because we’re losing people by the dozens.”
Butler said her friend regularly attends church in the area and sits outside his house in the morning, where he was shot.
“The gentleman that was shot was a member of my church, and my heart just fell to my feet,” Butler said.
Luckily, the victim returned Butler’s calls and said he’s OK. “You know, I always tell you how much I love you,” Butler said on the phone to the victim. “I’m glad to hear your voice instead of crying.”
Police identified the other victims as Frank Lewis, Tommy Butler and Broderick Richardson. All four victims are expected to recover.
Jo Ann Brady, a family member of the victim, also confirmed that her relative will recover. “They airlifted him to Jackson South,” said Brady. “I received a call that he was doing fine, and he is OK.”
Three schools were placed on lockdown due to the police perimeter: Coconut Palm K-8 Academy, Air Base Elementary School and MacArthur South High School. The lockdowns have since been lifted.
“It’s kind of shocking to see this happening in your neighborhood,” said an unnamed resident.
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