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15-year-old boy survives injuries after shot in Miami

Police still searching for gunman

MIAMI – A 15-year-old boy survived his injuries after he was shot in Miami over the weekend.

The shooting was reported Saturday night in the area of Northwest 70th Street and North Miami Avenue.

Friends of the victim identified the teen as Jerry Wenelus of Pompano Beach. They said he was shot four times.

"He alright, but to be 15 years old and going through that in the street is not right, and that's not the first time that happened in Little Haiti," a friend of the victim, who did not want to be identified, said.

The girl said Jerry was standing outside his grandmother's home talking on his cellphone when the gunman drove by in a dark-colored Nissan.

"He was shot right here four times right by the chest," the girl said.

Three young children were inside of one of the nearby homes with their parents as bullets pierced a kitchen window and came out through the living room wall.

"I think a lot man because I got grandchildren. I'm a father of seven children (and) one of my sons got killed many years ago," one neighbor, Kenneth Whitehead, said. "It took us eight months to find out who did it."

Gun violence is something that Whitehead, 82, despises because of his personal tragedy, but the long-time Little Haiti resident believes there's a lesson to be learned in the  community.

'We can do more about it if people will come forward and it can be anonymous, especially if you got children or grandchildren out there. I care," Whitehead said.

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.


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