MIAMI (CBS4) – Nearly five and half years after a 19-year old Opa Locka woman was killed a stray bullet in front of a neighborhood mini-mart, police say they have arrested one of the men responsible.
Sharika Wilson, 19, was fatally shot April 30th, 2006 in a drive by shooting in front of the Imperial Market in 2100 block of Lincoln Avenue.
According to police, the shooter’s target was the man in front of her, 31-year-old Antwan Jones, a convicted coke dealer who died that day on the sidewalk in a hail of bullets.
Wilson, who had taken time off from Carol City High to raise her one year old daughter, died because she was in the wrong place at the wrong time, said police.
A crowd of about 20 to 30 people were outside the store when the shooting occurred but they either didn’t know, or didn’t want to name, the shooter.
On Wednesday, Miami-Dade police announced the arrest of Dennis Walker in connection to Wilson and Jones murders.
According to the arrest affidavit, a witness told police he saw Walker, 27, driving a gray Monte Carlo near the market. In the rear passenger seat, according to the witness, was 32-year old Cortez Straughter who was cradling an AK-47. According to the report, Walker pulled up in front of the market and Straugther got oout and opened fire on Jones and Wilson. He then hopped back into the car which sped off.
According to police, during their investigation into the shooting they were told by several witnesses that Walker and Straughter had been driving around that day looking for an associate of Jones so they could kill him. When they couldn’t find that person, they decided to kill Jones instead.
Witnesses reportedly told police that Straugther also shot at a third person that day, but that person was able to escape unharmed.
Straughter is already in custody. Both men have been charged with two counts of first degree murder and a single count each of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder.