One Dead In Opa-locka Shootout
South Florida Crime
OPA-LOCKA (CBSMiami) – A dramatic day in Opa Locka has ended. Miami-Dade Police Department geared up and prepared for the worst in an apartment building. Fortunately, the guys believed involved in a shooting earlier came out peacefully.
Police believe the two men are somehow involved with a deadly shooting in Opa-Locka Monday. The search and investigation brought some streets to a standstill.
Their hands zip tied in the back of squad cars, the men hid their faces and didn’t want to talk. Miami-Dade police had intelligence that they were in this apartment community and activated its special response unit
MDPD Lt. John Jenkins said, “With the information that they did have its customary with safety issues, barricading possibly, that (the men) may be armed,” Miami-Dade Police Dept. Lt. John Jenkins told Jaime Guirola.
Earlier Monday, one street over, and a little after noon, at least one suspect opened fire on a man in his 30’s and killed him, police said. A woman who didn’t want to be identified said she knows the victim. “He was a real cool dude, a young laid back dude who stayed out of trouble. He wasn’t no problem. He was one of those young boys that’s just a real cool dude,” she said.
It happened on Alexandria Drive near 32nd Avenue just outside Opa-Locka City Hall near a day care, and a high school.
Janice Fowler, a resident, said, “It’s crazy down there like you can’t even step outside your house and there’s a shooting going on.”
For hours residents were kept from their homes while detectives worked. The victims flip flops were surrounded by bullet casings. Police used at least 20 evidence markers.
Fowler said, “I’m mad because my baby she got to come home to this and she’s only four, that’s crazy.”
A block away an assault rifle lay on the ground where two men, believed to be involved in the shooting, crashed a white Buick Lacrosse into another man’s black GMC.
Mark said, “We all just stayed in and when we ran outside, we seen them running and the officers started going over there.”
The men believed to be involved were taken into custody. Anybody with information is asked to call 305-471-tips.