MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Two 15-year old, identical twin girls were injured when someone riddled their North Miami home with bullets and it wasn’t the first time the home was hit.
One neighbor said the home had been shot at three times in recent memory. The home had been shot at on July 18th of this year but no one was injured that, according to police.
On Monday, neighbors in the area of NW 122nd Street and NW 9th Avenue said they heard more than half a dozen shots ring out around 3 a.m. They said the woman who resides in the home lives there with her daughters, her sons and their children.
The victims’ father, Orel Joseph, told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, “Somebody came and shot up this home before 3 in the morning. My daughter Miriam got 2 shots here in the shoulder and 4 shots in the back.”
The victims’ cousin, Yolene Paul, said “This is a terrible thing. We have to find out what is going on here. This is the second time this home has been shot at since July. What I feel is terrible.”
The sound of multiple gunshots jolted Widline Joseph out of her sleep.
“I’m thankful that I’m living that I didn’t die,” Widline told CBS4’s Natalia Zea.
At first, Widline thought it was more bad weather.
“I thought it was a thunder,” she said.
She was shot in the foot and leg while in the front room with her sister and their 2-day old nephew. The bullets shattered the window and struck the house.
She said she didn’t realize what had happened until her sister told her she was bleeding.
“When I ran to the kitchen, my big sister was crying saying ‘oh you’re bleeding on your legs,'” said Widline whose right leg was also cut up by glass fragments.
The girl’s twin, who she identified as Miriam Joseph, was shot six times in the arm and back.
Widline said when she saw her sister was injured, she, “started crying.”
Even during her time of panic, Widline was thankful for one thing. Her newborn nephew wasn’t hit.
The twin sisters were taken to the Ryder Trauma Center where Miram underwent surgery.
Widline ,a freshman at Miami Central High, said she has no idea who the shooter was targeting.
Widline said her parents have now promised they will move.
North Miami Police Officer and spokeswoman Natalie Buissereth told D’Oench, “Our detectives have been out there trying to figure how why this happened this morning. We have no idea why this happened. No one heard a car or saw anything. We are trying to figure out what’s going on. We can tell you the girls were not targeted.”
Anyone with information is urged to call Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.