A teenager was left in critical condition after a drive-by shooting in southwestern Miami Dade.
Miami-Dade Police officers responded to the scene along 26,000 Block SW 139th Avenue at approximately 10:44 p.m.,
“I’m tired of putting my children’s lives at risk,” said Resident Britney Bryant. “These kids are innocent. They can’t go out and play.”
The neighbors are frustrated and tired of the gun violence they say has plagued their community in southwestern Miami Dade.
A neighbor shared a video of a helicopter flying overhead and police responding to gunfire from a speeding vehicle.
“There have been a number of gunshots,” Bryant said.
Bullet holes appear to have been left in the apartment building. Someone went straight to Bryant’s front door.
She said, “I heard that, and I ran upstairs as quickly as possible to check on my children, to make sure my children were fine, because at the end of the day that was all that mattered.”
Fortunately Bryant says her children were fine, but nearby, a teenager was shot and flown to the Jackson Memorial Hospital.
7News spoke to the victim’s mother, who asked not to go to the camera or reveal her identity, but said that her son had a punctured lung and he is currently in the intensive care unit.
She said her son was an innocent bystander and was sitting on the back porch when the shooting started. The victim is a student at South Dade High School.
Miami-Dade principal, Alberto Carvalho, tweeted: “Heartbroken starts today with news of yet another senseless violent act, this time a ninth grade pupil was injured. Pray for a speedy recovery and I hope others join me in standing up and talking about this problem. Persistent pain that hurts our society. “
Many residents said they very much hope for change. Days before the shooting, neighbors captured a mobile phone video of another shooting that took place.
“These kids cannot walk outside their front door without peeking out or preparing to run or go down,” Bryant said. “Children should not grow up this way.”
The victim’s mother said he was improving, but said the family was planning to get out of the neighborhood as soon as possible.