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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Authorities have reportedly arrested the suspected getaway driver connected to a drive-by that killed a 7-year old boy in southwest Miami-Dade.
Late Monday, CBS4’s news partner the Miami Herald reported Miami-Dade police arrested 18-year-old Maxwell Trewin on a charge of a second-degree murder.
The Herald added that police said Trewin was the driver for 19-year old Dravein Duke, also known as “Pop,” who is accused of unleashing the barrage of bullets in the shooting.
CBS4’s Peter D’Oench caught up with Duke’s family members at their home on SW 152nd St. but they told him they had no comment about the search for him.
Meantime, the family of 7-year-old Amiere Castro doesn’t understand why they’re being forced to say goodbye to their little boy days after celebrating Christmas with him.
“It’s devastating. It hurts. Especially knowing that it’s a baby, it really tears your heart apart,” said Castro’s uncle Elijah Tobler. “We was with my son and they was sharing toys….he was a good kid. He was a good kid.”
Neighbors said Castro was visiting relatives for the holidays.
The shooting happened in Richmond Heights two days after Christmas.
The boy, who was watching television in the home at 15120 Jackson Street, was struck in the head and died instantly.
“You never think something like this will happen during Christmas time. We’re supposed to be happy getting along and for somebody to do something like this, it’s tragic,” said Tobler.
As the family mourns, police are out looking for the gunmen responsible for the 7 year old’s death.
Police said while they don’t know what led up to the shooting, they had an idea of the group they were looking for; four men – two black, two Hispanic – in a white newer-model Dodge Ram with tinted windows and a paper tag.
“A white truck came by, had his head out the window, started shooting,” said neighbor Donald Smith.
Miami-Dade police confirmed Monday afternoon that the truck was recovered.
“Those bullets are not a regular type that’s for war. Like over in Afghanistan, that’s what they use. And they out here on the street in a residential neighborhood using these type of weapons. That’s not cool,” said neighbor Mack Williams.
Police said they could use the public’s help in finding these guys but the need to be cautious.
“They’re armed with at least one high-powered assault type rifle. So do not approach them. What we need you to do is call police immediately,” said Miami-Dade Police Deputy Dir. Juan Perez.
Neighbors said someone shot up the same home four months ago but police have not confirmed this.
The case took a bizarre turn on Monday afternoon when officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission showed up and removed a 3-foot-long, one year-old alligator that was reportedly being kept at the home illegally.
According to the Herald, Duke was recently off probation for stealing exotic reptiles and trying to sell them — while armed — to a South Miami pet store.
Outraged community leaders are urging residents to end their silence and help stop the gun violence by turning in the culprits.
“If the community is not willing to rally, these kinds of horrendous incidents are going to continue to happen in our community. And we’re sick and tired of it,” said Commissioner Dennis Moss.
Miami Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho tweeted out his frustration upon hearing the news.
State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle also jumped in, with a call to the community through social media.
Anyone who has information about the truck, or the four men inside, is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS or go to crimestoppersmiami.com.