NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE (CBSMiami) – Two people were killed, two others injured, in a shooting in northwest Miami-Dade.
One of the victim’s who was fatally shot has been identified by police as Tyquavious Charles, 21. The second person killed was in his 30s but has yet to be named.
Police confirm that Tashia Burse was the woman who was grazed in the head. Her condition has stabilized. A fourth person who police identify as Ricky Hudson, 27, is in critical condition as a result of the shooting.
It happened at NW 61st Street and 19th Avenue at 10:23 p.m. Sunday.
When police arrived they found four people had been shot. Two of them were pronounced dead on the scene. Burse and Hudson were rushed to the Ryder Trauma Center.
Area residents said the shooting happened on a back porch behind an apartment building.
Kristal White, who lives in the apartment complex with her 7-year-old and 12-year-old daughters, told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, “We just heard gunshots and the kids started running. It sounded like Boom, boom, boom. The 4th of July. It was scary.”
“I think it’s unfortunate that this happened in this close-knit community,” White said. “It is very unfortunate that we lose lives every day down here. I hope it won;t be one of my kids one day. Nobody’s going to come forward and say anything. I just hope people keep their children close and pray for them.”
A woman, who did not want to be identified for fear she would become a target, says she heard dozens of shots fired and immediately took cover with her three-year-old great grandchild by her side. The one thing on her mind was the mass shooting in Liberty City that occurred almost two weeks ago where a total of nine people were shot when bullets went through windows and walls.
“It’s a continuous thing and I don’t like it but unfortunately I can move so we either have to accept it because it doesn’t look like the authorities are able to stop them,” she said.
The same sense of hopelessness and desperation echoed Monday morning by parents dropping their kids off at a daycare right across the street from the crime scene.
“I can only do what I am able to do, you know? Drop my kids off and pray that they remain safe,” said Gabe Moore. “It’s crazy in the inner city. It doesn’t make any sense man. We are all young and can be doing better than what we are doing.”
CBS4 also heard that there may be a fifth victim. A woman who was driving in the area may have been caught in the gunfire and was taken to the hospital. Miami-Dade police said they heard that but have not been able to confirm it.
Some neighbors said they feared the worst but were hoping for the best.
Many residents voiced concerns of the recent gun violence in the area.
“It needs to stop,” said Lulu Williams, a rfelative of one of the victims. “There is just too much killing and they are young, not even 25 and mothers and daddies are hurting and they are leaving their children. It’s like they just doing care about life no more and I think it needs to stop.”
The shooting took place about a mile from where the mass shooting in Liberty City occurred almost two weeks ago, where nine people were shot. Police are looking into whether the shootings are related.
A check of records shows that Tyquavious Charles had been arrested before for delivering and selling cannabis, the use of a firearm during a felony and resisting an officer without violence.
Records also show Ricky Hudson has an extensive arrest history, including charges for attempted first degree murder and throwing a missle into a vehicle or a building and property damage.
Detectives have no description of the gunmen. Anyone with information should call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477). There’s a reward of up to $3,000.
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