MIAMI (WSVN) - A 15-year-old girl is recovering in the hospital, hours after, police said, she and two men were shot in Northwest Miami-Dade, Tuesday morning.
According to Miami-Dade Police, the shooting took place near Northwest 85th Street and 21st Avenue, at around 7:20 a.m. Investigators said several shots were fired, and a bullet pierced the side of a door.
A nearby resident said she heard the gunshots. “I was in my bed and I heard, like, ‘Pop, pop, pop, pop, pop,'” she said. “I thought maybe I was dreaming, you know, because I had just got up. Then I heard it again, ‘Pop, pop, pop, pop, pop.’ So I said, ‘Let me wait and see if I hear some sirens.’ Then, I heard sirens. So I thought, ‘Well, apparently that was a drive-by because that’s all that’s going on now.'”
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue transported the victims to Jackson Memorial Hospital. Speaking outside the hospital, the young girl’s mother, Cleo Waring, identified her daughter as Samantha Isom. “She got shot up six times,” she said. “What I supposed to do? What I supposed to do?”
Waring said her daughter was shot once in the left chest, four times in the right thigh and one in the left leg. The concerned parent said the teen is stable and is currently in the intensive care unit.
Police confirmed that the men who were shot are 17 and 21 years old. Their conditions are not known at this time.
Waring said she had been trying to track down her daughter, who had run away from home, when she received the phone call about the shooting. “She just turned 15 February 13th. I don’t know. I’ve been looking for her,” she said.
Back at the scene of the shooting, police roped off two blocks. They were reopened at around 11:30 a.m.
One resident said one of the bullets flew into her home, and it has left her with questions about her safety inside the neighborhood.
Family members of at least one other victim arrived to the hospital with pleas to the public. “Somebody gotta do something about it,” said an unnamed family member. “That’s my nephew laying up there clinging to his life right now. Right this minute.”
Police said that detectives are not currently looking for anyone involved in the shooting.
Close to 12 hours after the shooting, a “Stop the Violence” event was held at Turner Tech Senior High.
Students, parents, teachers and officers turned out to raise awareness and call for action against gun violence across South Florida.
Meanwhile, as a community rallies for change, loved ones remained by Isom’s hospital bedside as she continues to recover. “I don’t know what I’m supposed to do now. I don’t know where to turn to, you know what I’m saying? The system done failed me and my baby, me and my child, you know?” said Waring. “I just pray she’s OK. They say she’s stable. What else can I do as a mother but just pray?”
“Going through surgery, but right now she’s in the room,” said Samantha’s sister, Chaton Timmons. “She’s stable.”
Although there is not an active search for the shooter, police need the public’s help. If you have any information on this triple 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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