MIAMI GARDENS (CBSMiami) – Police are investigating a shooting on a middle school campus in Miami Gardens, Miami-Dade Schools Police Chief Ian Moffett said Wednesday night.
The shooting occurred at about 6:30 p.m. on the outdoor basketball court at Parkway Middle School on Northwest 175 Street and 24 Avenue.
An 18-year-old male student from a different school in the district was shot multiple times, according to Chief Moffett.
He was taken to Jackson North Hospital and then transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center in critical but stable condition, Moffett said.
“I was just sitting on my back porch and I heard pop pop pop pop pop,” Yvette Pollock told CBS 4’s Lauren Pastrana. “Then it stopped and it went again. Pop pop pop pop pop.”
Pollock lives just blocks away from the basketball court where neighborhood kids often hang out.
“In the evening time, people play basketball,” Pollock said. “After this, I don’t think so.”
Randricka Carr said her brother witnessed the shooting and was being questioned by police.
“I’m kind of scared because I have a baby. She’s so little,” Carr said. “She likes to go out to the court. My brothers come out to the court.
Cassandra Stepherson rushed over when she heard what happened.
“There’s a lot of kids out there playing basketball. It was a certain child they wanted. But anybody else’s child could have gotten killed. Mine could have gotten killed,” Stepherson said.
Miami Gardens Police and Miami-Dade Schools Police responded to the scene.
Chief Ian Moffett stressed classes were not in session when the shooting happened.
“It happened completely after hours,” Moffett told reporters.
Chief Moffett said they have several leads on the possible shooter, but as of 9:30 Wednesday night, no arrests had been made.
Anyone with information should call Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).