MIAMI (WSVN) - Police are searching for the gunmen responsible for two separate shootings in Miami that sent four people to the same hospital, Thursday night.
At around 6 p.m., City of Miami Police and Fire Rescue units responded to a shooting near Northwest 53rd Street and Sixth Avenue, after receiving a ShotSpotter alert.
Upon their arrival, police found a victim shot in the back and a second victim grazed in the head and wrist.
A Miami-Dade County Public Schools spokesperson confirmed one of the victims is an 19-year-old high school student.
Miami Fire Rescue transported both victims to Jackson Memorial Hospital. The conditions and identities of these two victims have not been disclosed.
MDCPS Superintendent Alberto Carvalho commented on the shootings.
“It seems that no one is safe at no time of day or night,” said Carvalho. “We need to get beyond rhetorical announcements, marches or prayers. The community needs to do its part.”
The second shooting happened at around 10:30 p.m., Thursday, in the Brownsville area, near Northwest 47th Street and 24th Avenue.
According to officials, 16-year-old Zackery Dixon was shot multiple times, when he was approached by two gunmen.
“At least two males approached him on foot and began shooting at him,” said Miami-Dade Police Detective Marjorie Eloi. “The victim then began running within the complex, southbound and eastbound into the complex, where he began asking for help.”
Fifty-five-year-old Brian Zachary was also struck by gunfire. “He was struck in the buttocks and also in the forearm,” said Eloi.
7News caught up with Zachary’s wife, Tonya, outside of Jackson Memorial Hospital, Friday morning. “I just got a text message stating that he was shot,” she said. “He was visiting some friends, and then he was going back to his vehicle and then shots rung out.”
Both of the victims were also transported to Jackson memorial Hospital in critical condition.
According to the hospital, as of Friday morning, Dixon is listed in “good condition” and Zachary has asked for privacy. However, Zachary’s wife told 7News her husband suffered a broken arm from one of the gunshots but is now in stable condition.
“I’m traumatized, I can’t stop shaking,” Tonya said. “I just wish you guys stop shooting guns and find something more productive to do with your lives. It needs to stop.”
If you have any information on these shootings, 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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