NORTH MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) — Police took to the streets Saturday in search of the people responsible for killing an innocent bystander during a drive-by shooting in North Miami Beach.
Flyers were passed out to community members asking if they had seen a silver or gray Chevy Cruze which may lead to those involved in the drive-by shooting.READ MORE: Florida Elections Supervisors Say Democracy ‘Under Threat’
Police identified the person they believe to be an innocent bystander as Kyron Richmond, 49, who was in an adjacent yard when the shooters sprayed NE 173rd Street with bullets on Friday afternoon.
Richmond was mowing his 94-year-old aunt’s yard across the street from where the shooting happened.
“He just pushed the lawn mower to go cut the lawn,” said Leo Augustine, Richmond’s brother-in-law. “She said she just heard the noise and came out. she saw him lying on the ground.”
Elderly was found laying in a lawn when police arrived. He later died at the hospital.
“If he was here, he would be minding his own business,” added Augustine. “The only time he speak is when he played dominoes.”
Police said a gray or silver car pulled up, several gunmen fired several weapons. Then, they got back inside a silver or gray Chevy Cruze and drove off.
Police said another man was found shot inside of a white Mercedes. As of Friday evening, he was still at the hospital and had not been identified.
Authorities believe the shooting may have had something to do with an argument.READ MORE: Annual Money Sought For Florida Keys Protections
“Obviously, there was some beef or argument between the parties, for this car to come by and fire shots and so many shots,” said Major Kathy Katerman of the North Miami Beach Police Department. “We have multiple cars that were hit.”
Neighbor Debra O’Brien said she suspected something like this could happen.
“I did know that there was some type of peculiar activity going on three doors down from me,” said O’Brien. “People were driving various cars, and people going on and exchanging money, exchanging packets and things. I would go to the crime watch meetings, and I did mention (to police) that there was some kind of suspicious activity down there. They seem to know about it and nothing happened.”
Neighbor Michael Hebda said it’s a sign of the situation in the neighborhood and the lack of law enforcement in the area.
“There is no police ever around here. Never,” said Hebda. “The neighborhood is gradually decreasing where there is more and more crime. You know because there is a lot of drug activity. Not just here..basically around the whole neighborhood.”
Elderly is originally from the island of Grenada.
He lived with his sister and her husband before moving in with his elderly aunt to be her caretaker.
“I think he was like everybody’s big brother,” added Augustine. “He was about 6’3″ like I said. Gentle giant. Soft-spoken. No noise, no trouble.”
Richmond was not married and had no children, family members said.
Anyone with information is urged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. If they tip leads to an arrest, the tipster may be eligible for a reward of up to $3,000.
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