NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. – Miami-Dade police are now confirming that a total of eight people were hit by bullets when two people walked up to a crowd that was at basketball courts in Little River Park and began shooting.
Police said the incident began after 7 p.m. Sunday when the pair walked up to a crowd before pulling out guns, opening fire, and then running away. Shell casings from the bullets could be seen lining the streets as detectives continued to comb the area near Northwest 24th Avenue and 105th Street.
Six adults, ranging in age from 18 to 27 years old, and two juveniles were hit in the midst of the chaos. One of those injured was a 16-year-old who was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma for treatment. The other juvenile is 17 years old, according to police.
The other seven victims were transported to JMH by fire rescue. At last check, six of the victims were in critical condition, while two were reportedly stable. Detectives said it is too soon to pinpoint a motive.
“If anyone has any information regarding the identity or the whereabouts of these individuals that committed this senseless crime where there were adults, children, families, trying to share and trying to have a good time at a park on a Sunday before returning to school on Monday, please call with any information,” Miami-Dade Police Detective Angel Rodriguez said.
Anyone with further information is urged to contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8577.
Miami-Dade Police Department Director Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez posted a Tweet Sunday night that said his officers were at the scene of “another tragic shooting involving juveniles.”
Further details about that shooting were not immediately released.
My officers are on the scene of another tragic shooting involving juveniles. This type of gun violence has to end. We must work together as a community. Anyone with information is urged to contact @crimestopper305 at 305-471-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous. https://t.co/hw7agVKmiU— Alfredo "Freddy" Ramirez III (@MDPD_Director) January 4, 2021