3 relatives shot while searching for missing teen in Miami Gardens

Authorities take suspect into custody Friday night

By Sanela Sabovic - Reporter, Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Police are investigating a shooting that injured three family members Friday morning in Miami Gardens.

The shooting was reported in the area of Northwest 23rd Avenue and West Bunche Park Drive.

"We just heard people arguing, and the next thing you know, we hear, 'pow, pow, pow,' and that was it," Elliott Taylor, who lives nearby, said.

Police spent the day searching for the shooter, who has since been identified as William Brice, 21.
Brice is now in police custody. Earlier in the day, officers released the photo below, of their suspect.

According to police, the mother, uncle and aunt of a 15-year-old girl who has been missing were searching for her in the area because her ankle monitor alerted them to her location. 

Police said the relatives came across the gunman during their search for the girl and he opened fire at them. 

According to Officer Carlos Austin, the victims were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center with nonlife-threatening injuries. 

Janiya Johnson, 15, was back in police custody Saturday.

Austin said the gunman fled the scene after the shooting.

"We believe they were at some point together at this location," Austin said about the gunman and the teen, identified as Janiya Johnson.

Authorities said the suspect was considered armed and dangerous and asked people in the area to remain indoors. 

Two nearby schools were placed on lockdown as a precaution.

 

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