Miami – A shooting in the parking lot of a Miami apartment complex left three people wounded and a teenage girl dead Sunday evening. Police originally referred to this tragic incident as a “drive-by shooting,” however, sources close to the investigation revealed that the assailants exited their car and began shooting. The fifteen year old girl is believed to have been an innocent by-stander.
Miami-Dade Police Department’s homicide investigators were initially told that four men riding in a gray Nissan Maxima or Altima fired the fatal shots.
Police said The shooting occurred just after 6:45 p.m. when Nissan arrived at the Annie Coleman apartment complex located at 2135 NW 52nd Street. According to detectives, the car pulled into the courtyard and several shots were fired from what is believed to be an AK -47 assault rifle, leaving a young girl dead and three others wounded.
The identity of the girl who died at the scene is not yet known. The others who were wounded in the shooting were transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.
Witnesses said the girl was shot in the head while playing outside with friends.
The shootings come about a year after an incident a short distance away on Jan. 24, 2009, in which a gunman armed with an AK-47 assault rifle shot into a crowd killing two and wounding seven others.
“It’s a process. It’s a cycle — a vicious cycle,” said neighborhood activist Renita Holmes. “There’s no respect for life.”
Neighbors, who spoke on condition on anonymity for fear of their lives, said the shooting was gang-related. A police spokesperson said that it was too early to tell whether that was the case.
Det. Rebeca Perez urged anyone with information to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.
Speaking of the teenage victim, Perez lamented, “What could she have possibly done to deserve this?”
I have to wonder what type of security measures the Annie Coleman apartment complex had in place to protect its residents and guests from this sort of criminal attack. Apartment complexes and other business have a duty under Florida law to employ reasonable measures to protect their patrons, residents and guests from foreseeable violent crime.
The Florida injury lawyers at Hannon Legal Group have successfully handled many cases against land and business owners for negligent or inadequate security and wrongful death when land or business owners fail to take reasonable steps to make their premises reasonably safe. Our lawyers have and recovered millions of dollars in compensation for crime victims and their families. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a violent criminal attack on a commercial property, call a Miami negligent security lawyer at Hannon Legal Group today at (305) 358-3109 to discuss your potential case with no obligation.