3 Carol City Senior High School students injured in Miami Gardens shooting

Victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Three teenage boys were shot Friday afternoon in Miami Gardens, authorities said.

The shooting was reported shortly before 3 p.m. in the area of 3505 NW 187th St., near Miami Carol City Senior High School and Carol City Middle School.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools spokesman John Schuster said all schools in the vicinity were placed on lockdown as a precaution, including Barbara Hawkins Elementary School. The lockdowns were lifted shortly before 4:30 p.m.

MDCPS superintendent Alberto Carvalho said the victims are ninth graders from Carol City Senior High School.

He said they were shot shortly after dismissal.

"Thankfully none of them were shot fatally, but I think the emotional scar will be felt far beyond the physical one," Carvalho said. "None of us who are educators join this fearing that our bones will be broken, but our spirit, our souls are certainly bruised today."

Miami Gardens police spokeswoman Petula Burks said the victims included two 15-year-old boys and a 14-year-old boy.

She said the boys were shot by someone who drove up to them and open fired.

Carvalho took to Twitter shortly after the shooting posting, "2 shootings, just hours apart, a block away from schools. We must stand together to stop this violence. Our children deserve better. #Enough."

No students were injured Friday morning when a private school van was struck by gunfire in Brownsville.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene in Miami Gardens. Authorities said all three victims were taken to Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital.

Sky 10 was above the scene as one of the victims was taken away on a stretcher.

Burks said the teens suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Authorities are searching for a small white SUV that the shooter or shooters were in.

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

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