MIAMI GARDENS (CBSMiami) – A South Florida mother, sitting in a car with her son, witnesses him being shot and the gunman remains on the loose.
The Miami Gardens woman told CBS4 News her 18-year-old son was shot while he was inside her car on Monday afternoon.
“People just going around shooting up people like it’s okay. It has to stop,” she told CBS4’s Ty Russell.
The woman, who recently moved from Georgia, did not want to give her name. She was driving her Nissan Altima when the shooting happened. Her son was in the front passenger seat.
There are bullet holes on the front passenger door.
“In his face, his back, his butt, his hand, he was shot several times,” she said.
Bullets were flying in broad daylight Monday afternoon near the 826 Palmetto Expressway along Northwest 22nd Avenue.
“That’s when someone started shooting. I didn’t see them because I just panicked and I just hurried up and made a U-turn,” she said.
She does not know why someone opened fire on her car shortly after she left the grocery store.
The mother, who is also a grandmother, kept driving a mile from the scene back to her home along Northwest 14th Avenue and 172nd Street.
“I was just sitting there eating and I heard somebody say ‘Help me, help me, help me’, so I ran out. When I ran out that’s when I saw the bullet holes on the car. So, I ran back in,” a neighbor told CBS4 News.
That neighbor then called 911. Another neighbor said the number of officers and yellow crime scene tape is unusual for their area.
“It’s very quiet. It’s changing. But it’s very quiet,” neighbor Dan Shannon said.
The victim was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Chopper 4 was overhead when the injured victim was taken from the helicopter into the hospital.
The victim’s mother did not reveal her son’s school but she said he is a student.
Now, she has a message for the person or people behind the shooting.
“God will punish them all. It’s wrong. If something is wrong, that’s not the right way to solve it,” the victim’s mother said.
The mother was not hurt at all and she talked to police and told them whatever she knew.
She said she is scared to stay at her home following the shooting.
The teenager’s identity and condition are not known and police have not revealed whether they have a motive or any suspects.