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Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park shooting result of gang fight, warrant says

Accused gunmen appear in court

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Two people who were arrested in connection with a shooting in Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park appeared in court on Wednesday.

A Miami-Dade County judge ordered that Gerrell Brownlee, 18, be held in lieu of a $1 million bond. His accused accomplice, Robert Britt, 17, appeared in juvenile court and was ordered held for at least 21 days while the state reviews the case.

The state asked for a high bond for Brownlee because he was out on bond at the time of the shooting for unrelated firearm charges.

The teens were arrested Tuesday on charges of attempted second-degree murder.

Brownlee also faces charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carrying a concealed firearm, and Britt faces a charge of possession of a firearm by a minor.

Miami-Dade police said eight people were injured in the Jan. 16 shooting.

The victims ranged in age from 11 to 30. All survived their injuries.

Gerome Battle, 20, was the last victim to be released from Jackson Memorial Hospital on Wednesday.

He told Local 10 News that he is excited to sleep in his own bed and just wants to move on with his life. He said he did not know either of the accused gunmen.

According to an arrest warrant, the shooting began as a fight between two rival gangs.

Police said a member of the 13th Avenue street gang threw up gang signs at Britt, who is allegedly a member of a rival gang called the 12th Court Cowboys. 

Britt got angry and swung at the man, causing a brawl between the two gangs, the warrant said.

Police said Brownlee threw Britt to the ground during the fight and they both pulled out guns.

Police said Britt began firing his gun as he was running west through the park and Brownlee returned fire while running east.

A reward of $21,000 was offered to anyone with information that would lead to the arrests of suspects.

It's unclear whether the teens were the only people who fired guns during the gang fight.

Brownlee is expected to appear in court again on Thursday in relation to his previous open case. Britt's next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 6.

Police said the shooting remains under investigation.

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


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