MIAMI(CBSMiami) – A grieving daughter has appealed to the community for help after a beloved grandmother of six children is gunned down outside a Liberty City market.
“I’ve lost my best friend. I am heartbroken,” said Latrice Anderson, whose 62-year-old mother Linda Ann Grant died after being shot in the stomach outside the King Brothers Market at 1304 N.W. 62nd Street around 7:15 p.m. on Monday.
“I hope they catch the individual that is responsible for her death. It was senseless and I believe he deserves justice. No one expects to get a call about their loved one with such devastation and this sort of outcome,” Anderson told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench,
“She had six children and six grandchildren,” Anderson added.
Anderson said her mother died in place where she felt safe.
“It happened at a spot where she loved to hang out and socialize with her friends on a daily basis,” said Anderson. “And unfortunately something like this took place with a gun and she is a victim. She is an innocent victim.”
The shooting spree left bullet holes in the side of the King Brothers Market and riddled the store’s awning.
Miami Police are not sure what motivated the shooting. They say a young man with handguns in each hand showed up at the market and started firing. They have not released a description of him.
One unidentified man was shot in the back and another was shot in the hand. They were transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Miami Police spokesman, Officer Rene Pimentel, said that their identities were not being officially released because of the
“Please help us have closure,” said Anderson. “My mom was a very, very nice individual and she loved everyone. Help us find the person responsible.”
Miami Police say the gunman fled on foot from the market that is right across the street from the Liberty Square Public Housing project that is known as the “Pork and Beans.”
Detectives were inside the market on Tuesday afternoon, looking at surveillance tape from one of the store’s outdoor cameras.
The did not say if they discovered anything which could help them solve this case or if tape would be released.
Grant’s loved ones and friends and neighbors flocked to the crime scene on Tuesday, leaving stuffed teddy bears and notes of remembrance and love.
“I’m hurt,” said Wendy McMillan, a friend. “This was senseless. This needs to stop and there needs to be justice.”
Another friend of Grant’s, who wished to be only identified as “Miss V” said, “This is very sad. Innocent people are getting
hurt. You have a problem with people on the street then you should take that directly to the person in the street.”
“Don’t involve innocent people. Understand me! This lady and whoever else was innocent here did not deserve that. We need to live in harmony. We need to stick together in unity and peace in this community and everywhere,” said an angry and animated,“ added Miss V.
Anyone with information is urged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477). The names of callers are kept anonymous.
Because this case involved a homicide, tipsters can receive a reward of up to $3,000 if their tip leads to an arrest.