Family Members Speak Out After 7 People Wounded In Drive-By

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A 17-year-old remains in serious condition after she and six others were shot in a drive-by shooting in northwest Miami-Dade on New Year’s Day.

The teen was with a group of people talking in front of a residence at 8075 NW 14th Avenue when a vehicle rolled up on them just before 6 p.m.

“It is New Year’s, we’re presuming they were outside celebrating,” said Miami-Dade Police Det. Robin Pinkard.

Aaliyah Barr, 17, is traumatized thinking about the shooting.  She was shot in the thigh and says her mother, Takeiki Taylor, a Miami-Dade Corrections Officer was shot three times in the leg.

She says her mom’s co-worker, Alfredo Hudson, 30, was shot five times – once in the mouth.

“We were just outside talking.  My mom was talking to her co-worker and I seen a car pull up and Iooked back and I just seen shots fired,” said Aaliyah.

The vehicle stopped, then windows rolled down and multiple shots were fired.

“I just heard the sound of firecrackers, I didn’t think it was gunfire,” said Shannon McGowan.

The vehicle then sped off.

Tamyra Milfort, 17, was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. She’s since been upgraded to serious condition.

Her cousin, Stevondra Hyatt, told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, “I feel like this is messed up. She didn’t deserve that. This is just crazy.”

The other injured included another 17-year-old, a 15-year-old and four adults.

D’Oench also spoke with the mothers of 15-year-old Ramont Gage. She told him her son was shot three times in the arm, legs and buttocks.

Monique Hammet, who is the mother of 18-year-old Dewayne Hammet, said her son is home recovering after being shot in the thigh.

“I don’t feel good about it,” she said. “This is senseless. It makes no sense. It is crazy and it is heartbreaking. It’s disturbing. I really don’t have many details about what caused this but I can tell you it is tearing families apart. I never thought in a million years I would be talking to a newscast about this.”

“We have to think about other mothers and their kids and helping them,” she said. “I feel if people know something they should come forward and say something. If I ever knew something about a crime like this, I would not keep hushed up.”

Priscilla Scott, the grandmother of one of those injured in the shooting lamented,  said “I feel terrible and the violence needs to stop. There are too many young people getting hurt. There are too many drive-bys.”

Scott’s grandson, 30-year-old Alfredo Hudson, was shot five times. She said the people injured were all friends just hanging out, she’s angry about what happened.

“We’re not going to have a generation if this continues because they’ll all be killed,” said Scott.

Police believe there were four to five people inside the dark blue four door sedan when the gunfire erupted.

“If anyone knows anything,” said Scott, “we want them to come forward so those people out there can be caught.”

Neighbors and community members are concerned.

“What hurts me about this thing here is because the children don’t know any other way to correct a situation besides violence. They don’t have answers to them being cross or whatever besides taking a life,” said “Miss Thomas,” a community activist.

Police have not issued a description of the shooter, or shooters, nor have they said what led up to it.

Anyone with information that can help police should call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477). There is a reward of up to $1,000 and callers will remain anonymous.

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