Police search for gunman after 2 killed, 2 wounded near Liberty City

Gunman abandons car blocks away, setting off manhunt, police say

By Tim Swift - Local10.com Digital Editor

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. - Two women were killed and a man and a woman were wounded in a drive-by shooting early Sunday in northwest Miami-Dade County, witnesses and authorities said.

Detective Alvaro Zabaleta, a spokesman for the Miami-Dade Police Department, said a gunman riding in a car opened fire on another vehicle just after 1 a.m. at Northwest 19th Avenue and Northwest 60th Street just outside Miami's Liberty City neighborhood.

Stephanie Telusme, 27, and Joanna Telusme, 23, were pronounced dead at the scene. Paramedics took Robert Allen, 30, and Jennifer Charles, 24, to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center. Their injuries were described as not life-threatening.

Minutes later near Northwest 22nd Avenue, officers spotted the gunman's car, but the four men inside bailed out of the vehicle and fled on foot, police said.

Authorities searched the area for hours using a police helicopter, K-9 units and dozens of officers on foot.

Eventually, three men were taken into custody. Police released two of the men without any charges. The third man, Malik Cox, 23, was arrested on a marijuana possession charge, but police said it was unrelated to the shooting.

A GoFundMe page was created to help the victims' family pay for their funerals.

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