Shooting near Miami Gardens school leaves 2 wounded

Police search for white Mercedes-Benz

By Andrea Torres - Digital Reporter/Producer, Louis Aguirre - Anchor/Reporter, Sanela Sabovic - Reporter

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Two people were wounded in a shooting Monday afternoon in Miami Gardens.

The shooting occurred shortly before 5 p.m. in the 3300 block of Northwest 176th Street near Myrtle Grove Elementary School.

Detectives focused on a black four-door sedan that crashed into a house's fence.

Both victims were airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center in stable condition.

As Miami-Dade police officers were searching for a white Mercedes-Benz believed to be involved in the shooting, a spokeswoman for the Miami Gardens Police Department said there is no description of the shooter.

A Miami Gardens police officer was involved in a crash at Northwest 27th Avenue and Northwest 175th Street while responding to the scene.

The shooting was about 10 minutes away from the home at Northwest 27th Court and Northwest 212th Street, where Demetrius Wrentz shot himself in the head while playing with a gun. 

"Such a tragedy that could have been avoided by simply locking up the firearm," Officer Carlos Austin said Saturday. "Gun ownership is a huge responsibility."

The 6-year-old boy was a student at Rainbow Park Elementary School, where Miami-Dade County Public Schools assigned two grief counselors to talk to students Monday. Friends and family met for a balloon release ceremony. 

"I am heartbroken, angry," Demetrius' mother, Sanevia Wrentz, said. "Can't sleep or eat every day thinking about my little boy." 

As Demetrius' family and friends grieve, Detective D. McLaurin is asking the public for information on the shooting that left the two adults wounded to call 305-474-1636 or Miami-Dade County Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.  

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