Man shot in back in northwest Miami-Dade County neighborhood

Victim taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Police are investigating after a man was shot early Monday in a northwest Miami-Dade County neighborhood.

A man was shot in the back on Northwest 71st Street near Northwest 21st Avenue, Miami-Dade police Detective Angel Rodriguez said.

Family members identified the 29-year-old victim as McArthur Richard Jr.

K-9 officers were walking through the backyards of several homes in the neighborhood and a police helicopter was circling above, apparently searching for the shooter.

The shooting appears to have taken place outside a home on Northwest 71st Street. There was blood on the front door, window and on a chair in the driveway.


Police had a black Buick Regal that had several bullet holes in it towed away.

A neighbor told Local 10 News he heard a single gunshot about 1:30 a.m.

"It sounded like a big gun, like a war zone," neighbor Maurice Brown said.

The victim was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center in critical condition.

This type of violence is exactly what the victim's father was trying to prevent when he took part in a Liberty City hunger strike in March.

"We stayed out there 21.5 days with no food, just water, to bring awareness to gun violence," McArthur Richard Sr. said.

He's pleading for peace and healthy conflict resolution.

"You cut a person off at the red light, unknowingly, and they want to, at the next red light, they want to kill you," he said. "You know, everybody is so quick to shoot each other."

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