Arrests made in shootings at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park
Suspects, 17 and 18, face charges of attempted second-degree murder
MIAMI – Police have made two arrests in connection with a shooting that left eight people injured at a Miami park on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Miami-Dade police Director Juan Perez made the announcement Tuesday.
Two teenagers were arrested on charges of attempted second-degree murder.
"These shootings that happen between our young black men happen all the time, so at some point, as a community and parents, we have to focus on the problem that is ailing our community," Bryan Dennis, an MLK parade organizer, said.
Gerrell Brownlee, 18, also faces charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carrying a concealed firearm.
Robert Britt, 17, also faces a charge of possession of a firearm by a minor.
The shootings occurred Jan. 16 at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park in northwest Miami-Dade County. The victims ranged in age from 11 to 30.
A reward of $21,000 was offered to anyone with information that would lead to the arrests of suspects.
Gerome Battle, has been at Jackson Memorial Hospital since the shooting took place.
"It's finally over," Battle said about the arrests. "I just want to continue with my life. It's no hard feeling toward them."
Battle's family has started a GoFundMe page to raise money to be put toward his recovery.
"It's sad to see a young man who is going to school to be a nurse sitting there not knowing whether he's going to have a colostomy bag or if he's going to return to his normal bodily functions," Dennis said.
But even with the arrests, police said their work isn't done.
Their hope is that additional information from the community will help their investigation.
"Put the guns down, come forward and come to us," Perez said. "There are a lot of pastors right behind me who are willing to work with people to help."
Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.
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