FLORIDA CITY (CBSMiami) — A late night drive-by in Florida City has claimed the life of a young woman and left another hospitalized.READ MORE: Costco Drops Mask Mandate For Fully Vaccinated Employees, Shoppers
Witnesses said Tabitha Jamison, 21, was in a car with three friends in front of a home at 660 S.W. 7th Terrace, just before midnight, when another car pulled up alongside them and opened fire.
Jamison was killed instantly.
“My baby was a sweet baby, she was a graduate,” said Josie Jamison, her mother. “She was supposed to start work on November the 10th. My baby was a wonderful person.”
Neighbors who knew Jamison said she was working to provide for her 2-year-old daughter.
“Like, how are you going to break that to her, to her daughter,” asked a neighbor. “This just needs to stop. This senseless killing, it needs to stop. Our neighborhood wasn’t like this but, all of a sudden, it done got really bad.”
Another woman, sitting in the passenger’s front seat, was struck and airlifted to Jackson South Community Hospital. Two other women in the back seat were not hit.
“And someone has to come through and snuff them out like that, it’s a crime. Something needs to be done about this,” said Walter Thompson, who knew the victims.READ MORE: Miss USA Asya Branch Could Make History In Sunday's Miss Universe Competition At Seminole Hard Rock Hotel And Casino
The name of the woman who was injured has not been released. Thompson said she lost someone in her family a few months ago and was turning her life around.
“She sat there and tried to do everything she could do. She came to our church. We prayed for her. And she tried to get her life in order. Now look what happened here. Something needs to be done about this,” said Thompson. “When two females get shot in their car. Two. Nah, that’s not a good thing.”
Florida City is a small, tight-knit community and neighbors say it’s become more violent over the last few years.
“These deaths in Florida City. Everyone is getting shot, everyone is dying, it’s ridiculous,” said Diquan Miller. “Florida City, I just wish we could do better.”
Josie Jamison believes her daughter knew her attacker, someone she had been quarreling with.
“It wasn’t that serious for him to kill my baby, it really wasn’t,” said Jamison. “It’s a good thing her baby wasn’t in the car. He woulda killed my grandbaby, too.”
Investigators are now working to find her daughter’s killer.MORE NEWS: Kid Reporter Damon Weaver, Who Interviewed Obama At White House, Has Died At 23
If you know anything, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS. There’s a $3,000 reward for anonymous tips leading to an arrest.