Miami Gardens police offer safety tips after 2 shot while trying to complete online transaction

Victims agreed to meet gunman at park to complete sale, police say

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Miami Gardens police released safety tips Friday for people who are arranging to meet individuals to buy or sell items from online sites.

The tips come a day after two people were shot at Scott Park at 17710 NW 15th Court while trying to complete an online transaction with a third party.

Miami Gardens police spokeswoman Petula Burks said one of the victims was airlifted to a hospital.

Family members said Jerry Jean, 23, was shot six times, including once in the heart. They said Jean's heart stopped three times, but doctors were able to bring him back to life.

Jean's mother told Local 10 News that Thursday was the toughest day of her life.

"I cried a lot. I was crying a lot when I saw my son, because my son is a good son," Francine Jean said.

Francine Jean said she doesn't know why someone would shoot at her son.

Jerry Jean's younger brother, Diderot, 19, said he was supposed to be in the car with his brother.

"I'm just thanking God that I wasn't there," he said.

Jerry Jean's family members said he was helping out his friend, Frederick Barrett, by driving him to the park, where Barrett was supposed to buy a cellphone.

Instead, Jean's Infiniti was riddled with bullets by the person who they were supposed to meet to conduct the transaction.

No arrests have been made.

Below is a list of safety tips released by Miami Gardens police for individuals meeting buyers or sellers on websites like Craigslist:

  • Trust your instincts.

  • Do not go alone.

  • Insist on meeting in a public place such as a police station .

  • Do not meet in a secluded area.

  • Do not invite strangers into your home, and do not go to theirs.

  • Be cautious when buying/selling high value items.

  • Perform the transaction during daylight hours.

  • If it sounds too good to be true, it normally is.

  • Tell a friend or family member where you are going and whom you are meeting.

  • Take your cell phone with you.

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

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