OPA-LOCKA (CBSMiami) — Opa-Locka Police are investigating a shooting that injured both a man and an 8-year-old girl.
It’s the latest incident in week in which Miami-Dade has seen an uptick in crime. Three people have died in four separate acts of violence and three children have been wounded in drive-bys.
In this latest incident, Officers were called to the Glorieta apartment complex at 13144 Port Said Road late Wednesday night.
Prince Yung said he heard several shots that sounded like tire blowouts. He said at least one of those bullets went into his apartment on the 2nd floor right next to where the wounded man lives and where the 8-year-old girl lives.
“Over 30 shots,” he said. “It sounded like flat tires.” He showed CBS4’s Peter D’Oench where the bullets hit. “I had to get down to protect myself. I mean I had to get down.”
“This happens practically all the time. I cried because I have two sons and it could have been them,” said neighbor Dee Brooks. She said at least one bullet entered her apartment as well.
She said, “It all sounded like big fireworks and a big gun going off, like pop, pop, pop, pop, pop. It happened here on the 2nd floor. I was downstairs. If I was here I could have been hit. I cried when I heard it was the little girl. I know them. I know her mother. I cried because they are a nice family.”
“It could have been anybody’s kid. It was scary,” added Yung.
According to Opa-Locka PD, the male victim was standing on his balcony when the shooting started. The 8-year-child who was injured was in her bedroom.
“We’re talking about an 8-year-old who was inside her home, getting ready for bed, getting ready for school tomorrow,” said Lt. Nikeya Jenkins with the Opa-Locka Police Department.
The two victims were rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital. No word on their conditions.
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Lt. Jenkins did not know if the man and child are related.
Police do not have any suspect information or the make and model of a possible vehicle that was involved.
“I just know that this type of violence needs to end,” said Lt. Jenkins. “We have innocent people who are being injured or losing their lives and it’s not fair. Everyone needs to come together to put a stop to this because it’s a very unfortunate situation.”
The 8-year-old girl injured in Wednesday’s shooting is the third child hurt by gunfire in Miami-Dade County this week. On Monday night, a 6-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl were among four people rushed to the hospital after being shot in an apparent drive-by shooting in Northwest Miami-Dade. Both of those children have since been released from the hospital.
Police told D’Oench there have been no new developments in that case.
It has been a violent week in Miami-Dade County.
On Tuesday afternoon, in Southwest Miami-Dade, Miami-Dade police say they discovered the bodies of a man and a woman inside a home.
On Tuesday night, in North Miami-Dade, Miami-Dade Police say they were forced to shoot and kill a knife-wielding man during a domestic incident in which there was a confrontation with him.
If you have information to help police, call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS