Liberty City Teen Survives Drive-By Shooting

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Gunshots rang out in Liberty City Friday night and after the shooting stopped two kids were hit and Miami Police were left looking for answers.

Ted Phillips, 14, was one of the victims of what is believed to be a drive-by shooting. While he has to get around middle school on crutches, he’s happy to just be alive.

“I feel good right now, I don’t really hurt right now,” Phillips said.

Phillips said he was standing with 10 other kids outside a friend’s apartment complex in Liberty City around 8 p.m. Friday when someone drove up and opened fire on the crowd.

“My back was turned to the street and all you heard was gunshots,” Phillips said. “I just got low and ran. I didn’t even know I was hit, I was running, and then I feel and started checking myself and I seen that I was hit in the leg.”

Phillips wasn’t the only one who was hit. An 11-year-old was also grazed in the leg and shot in the elbow. Phillips said the shooter was carrying heavy firepower and no conscience.

“I don’t know anybody who shoot at a crowd of kids with an AK-47 anyway,” Ted said. “That was wrong cause there was a lot of kids out there, a lot of kids out there, I feel like that was wrong.”

Ted’s mother, Alicia Gadson, was terrified when she heard about the shooting. She and her son both feel whether police catch the shooter or not; he will pay for the harm’s he’s caused.

“They going to get their lesson from that,” Phillips said. “God is watching over; God will handle everything.”

If you have any information about the shooting in Liberty City, call Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).

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