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37-Year-Old Mother Gunned Down In Little Haiti

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A woman was shot and killed in a Little Haiti shooting on Thursday Sept. 20, 2012. (Source: CBS4)

A woman was shot and killed in a Little Haiti shooting on Thursday Sept. 20, 2012. (Source: CBS4)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — A 37-year-old woman was gunned down early Thursday outside a home in Little Haiti. Miami Police want to know whether it is connected to five Miami-area shootings that have occurred since September 11th.

Four people have been killed in those shootings and two women who have lost a total of three siblings are speaking out to CBS4.

“She was a good person, a good mother, a good sister and she didn’t deserve to die like that. We just want justice served,” said the sister of the latest victim in the wave of shootings.

Miami Police say it was just after 4 a.m. when a woman identified by her sisters as Betty Paul was shot and killed outside a home at Northeast 56th Street and North Miami Court.

The neighborhood was littered with shell casings.

Detective Willie Moreno said it was not clear if she was targeted or if there was a connection to any of the other shootings in the past 9 days. He did say Police were looking for a silver Chevrolet cobalt.

“I don’t know why this happened,” said Paul’s close friend, Natasha Cadet. She told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench that “She was cool and always there to help me.”

Paul’s sisters said Paul had two daughters who are nine and 19 years old.

Coincidentally she spoke with D’Oench next to another woman who lost two brothers on Monday when they were shot and killed along two others who were wounded while watching a game on TV at Northeast 1st Ave. and 68th Terrace.

“All I know is I love my brothers and the day when it happened, I couldn’t believe when I saw their bodies lying there.”

She did not want to give her name but agreed to speak about the loss of her brothers, 17-year-old McKenson Pierre and 15-year-old Yves Sylvester.

“I don’t know what everyone else is saying about the other shootings, but I just have it in my head that my brothers are gone,” she said. “No matter what people do out there in their lives, nothing justifies coming out here and killing my brothers like that.”

Police this week released a photo of a possible shooter in this case that they are looking for: 18-year-old Barton Coy Hill.

The first shooting in this latest crime spree happened September 11th at Gibson Park at Northwest 4th Street and 12th Avenue. It happened after an argument broke.

Three people were wounded, including Miami-Dade school bus driver Tranise Harris.

A bullet became lodged in her left arm.

Police have passed out flyers in this case, saying there are looking for 20-year-old Jamar Jordan, who is also known as Jamal Jordan. He is wanted for three counts of attempted murder.

On Wednesday afternoon, Miami-Dade Police say a gunman using an AK-47 opened fire on a vacant home in Brownsville at Northwest 22nd Ave. and 52nd Street, claiming the life of 29-year-old Gassno Owens and wounding 27-year-old James McMinns and 28-year-old Lewis Cefalo.

It’s not known what prompted that shooting. Later that afternoon, police say bullets were fired at a home at Northwest 22nd Ave. and 60th Street. No one was injured in that incident.

“This investigation is too preliminary to say if any of these crimes are connected,” said Detective Moreno. “We need to bring anyone in who does not take life seriously. We need to bring them to justice. We continue to see more weapons readily available for people who don’t take life seriously.”

Anyone who can help Police is urged to call Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477).

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