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Miami's police chief said a shooting in the crime-plagued Liberty City neighborhood that left two men dead and seven people injured was likely retaliatory.

"Two gunmen showed up in a vehicle, got out and started shooting with automatic weapons," Chief Manuel Orosa said at a news conference Wednesday morning. "We believe this is probably a retaliatory shooting over something that happened before, but we just need to put the pieces together."

Kevin Richardson, 29, and Nakeil Jackson, 26, were killed in Tuesday's early-morning shooting across from the Liberty Square public housing complex.

Devon McNeal, who was injured in the shooting, recalled the ordeal from his hospital bed in an exclusive interview with Local 10's Glenna Milberg. McNeal said he saw the shooters in a beige Ford Taurus and hid under the stairs when the shooting started.

Many of those who flocked to Jackson Memorial Hospital to visit the wounded Tuesday said shootings are a way of life in Liberty City.

Liberty Square residents in the past have asked the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for crime-fighting money to help stop the violence. HUD used to have set-aside drug-elimination grants for low-income housing, but the money earmarked for this program was eliminated in 2002, HUD spokeswoman Gloria Shanahan said in an email to Local 10's Christina Vazquez.

Miami-Dade Public Housing and Community Development installed 21 cameras in the area of Liberty Square in 2009. However, because of bad weather last weekend, six cameras stopped working, Executive Director Gregg Fortner said in a statement.

Sister of Liberty City shooting victim speaks outside JMH

WE'LL SEE YOU AT 5:00. IN LIBERTY CITY I'M JOHN TURCHIN, LOCAL10 NEWS. THANK YOU. JUST A SHORT TIME AGO THE SISTER OF ONE OF THE VICTIMS SPOKE OUT ABOUT HERR LOVED ONE'S CONDITIONS. LET'S GET RIGHT OVER TO LOCAL10 NEWS REPORTER JASON MARTINEZ WITH THAT. Reporter: GOOD EVENING, LAURIE. WE JUST GOT SOME POSITIVE NEWS AT LEAST ABOUT ONE OF THE VICTIMS OF THIS PASS SHOOTING THAT HAPPENED JUST ABOUT 36 HOURS AGO. TAKE A LOOK AT SOME VIDEO THAT WE HAVE, OF COURSE, FROM THE CHAOS THAT ERUPTED AS THIS SHOOTING HAPPENED. AND, OF COURSE, ALL THE VICTIMS BROUGHT TO RIEDER TRAUMA CENTER. NINE PEOPLE WERE SHOT, ACCORDING TO POLICE. SEVEN THEM DID MAKE IT. THE OTHER TWO GENTLEMEN DID NOT MAKE IT. WE JUST GOT GOOD NEWS ABOUT A 17-YEAR-OLD VICTIM OF THIS SHOOTING, JESSICA MARTIN, A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT. DOCTORS SAY SHE WAS SHOT SIX TIMES, TWICE IN THE CHEST, BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS SHE'S BEEN IN AND OUT OF SURGERY. SHE IS GOING TO MAKE. IT WE HAVE A PICTURE OF MARTIN. SHE IS SMILING WITH HER SISTER. HER SISTER CAME OUT AND SPOKE. HER SISTERS MAIM IS M.J. AND HER SISTER HAS A MESSAGE NOT ONLY ABOUT HER WELFARE OF HER SISTER BUT ABOUT THE VIOLENCE. HERE'S WHAT SHE JUST TOLD US. YOU WOULD SAY WEEKY LET'S HELP THE COMMUNITY, LET'S DO SOMETHING, LET'S MAKE THE BETTERMENT FORTUNATELY MY SISTER IS GOOD BUT UNCOMFORTABLE OTHERS ARE NOT. SOMEONE HAS TO SAY SOMETHING. NOW, WE, OF COURSE, KNOW THAT THERE ARE SIX OTHER VICTIMS HERE AT THE HOSPITAL. THEY HAVE ASKED TO BE ANONYMOUS. THEY DIDN'T WANT ANYTHING PUBLIC OUT THERE. OF COURSE, THE SENSITIVE NATURE OF THESE SHOOTINGS YOU CAN UNDERSTAND WHY, BUT VERY NICE TO HEAR 17-YEAR-OLD JESSICA MARTIN IS GOING TO MAKE. IT A TOUGH YOUNG WOMAN SHOT SIX TIMES, TWICE IN THE CHEST. WE'LL SEE YOU BACK HERE LIVE

The sister of one of the victims spoke to the media Wednesday outside JMH.

She said her sister, Jessica Martin, 17, was shot six times, including twice in the chest.

Doctors said Martin's surgeries have been successful and she will survive her injuries.

"Fortunately, my sister is good," her sister told Local 10 News. "Unfortunately, others are not, but someone should definitely say something. Someone had to see something."

Six other victims also remain in the hospital, but all wish to remain anonymous.

So far, no arrests have been made, but police believe the shooting is gang-related.

"The common denominator is drugs or something stupid that happened that people decide -- because of turf, because of pride -- they decide to shoot up the neighborhood," Orosa said.

Memorial at scene of Miami fatal shooting

Published On: Aug 06 2014 09:10:39 AM EDT   Updated On: Jun 25 2014 09:47:05 AM EDT
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A mom in grief collapses in tears Tuesday afternoon near a make-shift memorial at the scene of an early morning shooting in Liberty City that left several dead.