MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami-Dade police have identified a third suspect arrested in connection to the deadly shooting of a 15-year-old over the weekend in southwest Miami-Dade.
Marcos Gonzalez, 18, has been charged with second-degree murder.
Gonzalez reportedly drove the two other suspects, Josue Cao, 17, and Matthew Hernandez, 18, to a home in the 20200 block of SW 132nd Avenue where rival gang members were attending a Halloween party.
“The defendant was fully aware that the co-defendants were armed with firearms and intended to shoot at members of their rival gang,” according to his Gonzalez’s arrest report.
Jean Jimenez, who said he lives with Gonzalez in a duplex in West MIami-Dade, told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, “You just have to be careful. This is crazy. I can’t believe it. He has talked to the police about this but not to me.”
According to police, both Cao and Hernandez fired on the party-goers.
Angel Cueli, 15, was hit. He was airlifted to Kendall Regional Trauma Center, where he later died. No one else was injured during the shooting.
A neighbor who did not want to be identified said, “I heard Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom late Saturday night. That’s when I knew it was a shooting. I can not believe it. I cried. I have my own kids.”
The home where Cueli was killed has surveillance cameras. Miami-Dade Police said they were not releasing any surveillance tape at this time. D’Oench also reached out to the owners of the home, but they did not respond to a phone call.
Police say Cueli was not an intended target.
Cueili’s parents said he was a ninth-grader at Miami Coral Park Senior High School. They added that he had just transferred there about three weeks ago.
“On behalf of Angel Cueli’s family, we thank the community for the outpouring of love and support received over the last few days. It has moved us beyond words to know that Angel touched so many lives. We have a small measure of peace knowing that there will be justice for Angel and we are grateful to all who came forward with information,” said a statement from the Cueli family.
A Coral Park Senior High School student said described a school in mourning, including one student who said he knew Cueli and knows the suspects well.
“It was accidental, that wasn’t for him, they didn’t mean to do it,” said Carlos Coronado. “It sucks because we’re all from the same neighborhood.”
“He was a good kid and meant no harm to anyone,” said student Glenn Lopez.
Cao has been charged with second-degree murder, discharge of a firearm from a vehicle and tampering with an electronic device.
Hernandez has been charged with second-degree murder and the discharge of a firearm from a vehicle. He reportedly confessed to the crime during questioning.
A judge ordered that Hernandez and Gonzalez be held without bond. Cao has a court appearance on Thursday.
Since his arrest, CBS4 has learned Cao has been on probation for assaulting his own mother in July of 2017. A report states that he kicked his mother, hit her with a broom, forced her on the floor and even pulled her hair.
Police say Cao admitted to tampering with his ankle monitor and being involved in the shooting.