By Peter D'Oench


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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Two teenagers are recovering after being wounded in a drive-by Thursday night in Miami and one of them is the half-brother of former, star F.S.U. Running back and current Minnesota Vikings player Dalvin Cook.

Sadly, it is the second time in a year that Cook’s family has been victimized in a drive-by.

Just last year, Dalvin Cook’s uncle Anthony Jones—-a running back for F.I.U.—-was one of two of F.I.U. Players wounded in a drive-by in Opa-Locka. Jones was in a medically-induced come for a while.

This latest shooting happened just before 9 p.m. Thursday outside an apartment building at the corner of N.W. 3rd Ave. and 56th St.

Family members identified the victims as 14-year-old Demarcus Cook, who is a 9th grader at Miami Northwestern High School, and 16-year-old Arquaylin Taylor, who is a 10th grader at Miami Edison High school.

Demarcus Cook’s mother told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench that she did not want to talk on camera but she said her son was playing basketball when a car drove by and shots were fired. She said she was told that were 3 persons wearing ski masks in the car and they all appeared to be between 15 and 18 years old.
While police have not confirmed that, she said she heard that from multiple sources.

She said her son was shot in the chest and still has a half a bullet lodged in his chest.

“He is home sleeping right now,” she said.

Taylor’s mother told D’Oench that she too did not want to talk on camera but she said her son was shot in both arms and has recovered feeling in those arms. He remains hospitalized at the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital. “My son is doing better,” she said.

Cook’s mother said Taylor needed emergency surgery on Friday morning.

She also said she has no idea why the shooting happened.

Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll said they responded initially to N.W. 2nd Ave. and 56th St. after a report at 8:47 p.m. that one person had been shot and then officers learned that there was another victim.

“We found one 16-year-old victim and a 14-year-old victim with gunshot wounds and one was about a block away from the other,” he said. “They were transported to the Ryder Trauma Center. One good thing is that both are stable and giving us a lot of information.”

Cook’s mother said Taylor took off running during the shooting and that’s why he was found away from the initial scene.

Miami Police say they do not have any information to release about a motive for the shooting or a description to release of any suspects.

Witnesses are urged to come forward.

Anyone with information that can help Miami Police should call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477).

Peter D'Oench

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