MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Miami-Dade police are searching for the gunman who opened fire at a Southwest Miami-Dade home early Sunday morning, injuring two adults and two young children. A 4-year-old and 6-year-old child were injured, along with a 27-year-old woman and a 42-year-old man, investigators said.
Detectives say the incident occurred at around 2 a.m. when an argument escalated at a family gathering inside of a home on Pierce Street, just north of Southwest 152nd Ave., in the Richmond Heights neighborhood.
As the argument escalated, the suspect pulled out a gun and opened fire, injuring the four victims.
According to police, the assailant took off immediately following the shooting.
Detectives with @MiamiDadePD are blocking Pierce St. with yellow crime scene tape as they investigate. They are going into and out of a single family house in the Richmond Heights neighborhood. pic.twitter.com/tJWizrSig5— Madeleine Wright (@MWrightWPLG) September 19, 2021
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue brought the children and woman to Kendall Regional Medical Center. The man was taken to Jackson South Medical Center.
All of the victims are stable and are expected to survive, according to investigators.
However, it could have been much worse. “Whenever one person gets shot, it’s something that as a community, it not only angers me, but it breaks my heart,” says Detective Ángel Rodríguez of Miami-Dade Police, “and when you add the component of children — innocent children — to this type of tragedy, it takes it to a whole new level.”
This case is another example of the gun violence crisis occurring in several areas across Miami-Dade County, including South Beach. “We want to do everything, not just as a department, but as a community, to reduce and to eliminate the gun violence,” added Rodríguez.
Detectives say they are interviewing many witnesses, but do not have a suspect in custody.