MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Three teenagers are being treated at Ryder Trauma Center following a shooting at a Brownsville apartment complex Thursday night, according to Miami-Dade police.
Detectives said Lawrencia Barrett, 15, was shot in the lower stomach. Jason Gardner, 14, was shot in the right leg. Alexander Stalling, 18, was shot in the right hand. They were all transported to the hospital in stable condition.
The shooting happened at an apartment complex located off NW 24th Avenue and 50th Street at around 6:30 p.m.
“She had just walked out the house,” said Frances Robinson, Barrett’s mother. “All her little nieces and nephews were playing. She walked out the house and walked toward the back and next thing you know, everybody just started running. I heard gunshots.”
Detectives said the shooting stemmed from a verbal fight that escalated into a physical altercation that took place at the apartment complex involving two males either in their late teens or early 20s.
“Shortly after the altercation the two subjects fled the area and later returned. Once returning, they began shooting, striking the tree victims,” said Miami-Dade Police Department Det. Marjorie Eloi.
Police said it’s not known if the three victims were involved in the initial verbal argument that escalated into the physical fight or if the three victims were the intended targets.
The shooters fled the scene on foot southbound on NW 24th court.
“The say hopefully she’s going to be good. She’s talking. She’s OK and I keep asking her, ‘Do she know who did it?’ and she say she don’t know. She heard the shots and she just took off running,” said Robinson.
Miami-Dade police said responding officers detained a male matching the description of one of the shooters and he is being questioned by detectives.
Anyone with information is being asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.