LITTLE HAITI (CBSMiami) — A drive-by shooting has left a Little Haiti family asking questions as three of their loved ones were hospitalized Sunday.READ MORE: Seminole Tribe Asks Appeals Court For Stay In Sports Betting Case
“I could only see the sparks of the gun as he’s shooting,” says Betty Panameno.
She could only watch as her family, one by one, was taken away by ambulance.
Early this morning, she and her family were outside their home at 170 NW 59th Street when, out of nowhere, shots were fired.
“My brother got shot in the hand. My sister got shot in her left leg and my brother-in-law got shot in the arm,” she says.READ MORE: COVID Omicron Variant: US Imposes Travel Ban From Eight African Countries
Panameno describes the gunman as a chubby man with dreadlocks in a black, late model, four-door Nissan Maxima.
She says her first instinct was to save her brother, who she believes, was one move away from being shot in the head.
“I had to slap my brother right quick and get him out of the way,” Betty continues. “By me doing that, I’m glad, and I thank the Lord, that he just got shot in the hand and I didn’t get shot.”
As three people were being treated in the hospital, back at the family’s home, remnants of the early morning shooting were clearly visible with bullet holes in the stucco.
Panameno says it will be a cruel welcome home to her sister on what was supposed to be a very special day.MORE NEWS: Cyber Monday Shopping Expected To Break Records
“My sister is a mother and for this to happen on Mother’s Day, like you got to be very cruel and you got to have a soul of a devil.”