MIAMI GARDENS (CBSMiami) – The family of Nayquan Wright, 11, who was shot while playing in a Miami Gardens park, said they can’t believe the shooting happened.
“It’s a tragedy,” Nayquan’s grandmother Sydney Robinson told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench in an exclusive interview. “I don’t feel good about this. Something needs to be done about it.”
Miami Gardens police continue searching for the person or persons who opened fire into Bunche Park while a group of children were playing football. When the gunfire ended, four people were shot.
Nayquan, who was attending a football practice, and three adults were rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center with injuries that were not life-threatening, said Miami Gardens police Capt. Ralph Suarez.
“I immediately went into a state of shock,” Sydney said. “For me it was deja vu. I lost my son to street violence. And I can’t believe this was happening again, what happened to my grandson.”
Ten to 12 shots were fired in all. Suarez said the shots appeared to come from outside the park.
Ellison Etienne, a representative for the South Florida Football League, said the Miami Gardens Cowboys were practicing at the park. As the shots rang out, Etienne directed the boys to duck to the ground and evacuate the park.
“That’s all the kids have to look forward to is the park and playing football and going to school and when you can’t go to the park because you’re so afraid of something happening and something like this does happen, it is a bad sign.”
Etienne said the others injured were young men, between the ages of 19 to 24-years-old, who were playing basketball about 50 feet away from the football field.
The park was occupied by some 200 people at the time of the shooting, police said.
“Stop the violence, Nayquan’s aunt Chatisha Gaines said. “There is too much going on, the kids, just stop it. All the bad stuff that’s going on, just stop it.”
Chatisha visited Nayquan in the hospital and said that the family is hopeful for a full recovery.
“He’s very strong,” Chatisha said. “He’s young;hes taking it. He’s a very good soldier. He was shot in the shoulder. He’s doing very good. I feel very disappointed about what happened to my nephew. But that’s life. Thank God he didn’t die.”