Woman dead, man airlifted after shooting in Opa-Locka

OPA-LOCKA, FLA. (WSVN) - Police are searching for the person or people responsible for a shooting in an Opa-Locka neighborhood that left a woman dead and sent a man to the hospital.

Officers said they received reports of two people shot in the area of Northwest 133rd Street and 31st Avenue just after 8 a.m., Thursday.

7News cameras caught some family members of the victims distraught at the scene.

A bullet-riddled black Mazda could be seen sitting in an alleyway.

Witnesses said both victims were sitting in the Mazda when someone approached and starting shooting.

One man said he heard the gunshots outside his window.

“I heard ‘boom, boom,'” he said.

The female victim, whom family members have identified as 27-year-old Alexis Hightower, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The male victim was airlifted to a local hospital as a trauma alert where he remains in critical condition.

Police said the shooter remains at large.

While the shooting occurred in Opa-Locka, Miami-Dade Police Homicide is leading the investigation.

The Mazda was towed away from the scene with at least one bullet hole exposed, as police wrapped up their on-scene investigation, late Thursday afternoon.

Miami-Dade Police have not released any further information about possible suspects or a motive.

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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