Pastors speak against recent shootings
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (WSVN) -- Religious leaders are joining forces and pleading for peace after a string of shootings rock one South Florida neighborhood.
In the past month, several shootings have taken place in the City of Miami Gardens.
The latest shooting occurred on Monday afternoon outside the home near 175th Street and Northwest 40th Avenue. Terrel Lavar Scott, 25, was working on a car with his best friend when the two were approached by armed robbers, who tried to steal their gold chains.
The alleged robbers exchanged gunfire with the victims, and Scott was shot and killed. "All I heard was, guys pulled up here to rob them and shot him," said Boma Wilson, whose son witnessed the shooting. "That's it. That's all I know. When I ran out there, I saw him lie right down there."
Marvin Scott, the father of the deceased victim, said he was evicted from his home shortly before he got the news that his son was murdered. "I'm just tore up right now," he said. "He meant a lot to me. I'm going to miss him a lot."
Both robbers were struck by bullets in the shooting and drove themselves to Jackson North Hospital. They were then airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where they remain.
Another shooting occurred on Sunday night, in which gunmen shot at a police officer who was investigating a stolen car. A bullet penetrated the front windshield of the police cruiser and went through the back window of the vehicle.
Up to four suspects fled the scene and remain at large. Miami Gardens Police Capt. Ralph Suarez said, "Thank God he didn't have a partner, because the bullet went right through the passenger's side."
Just three weeks ago, on Nov. 2, shots were fired at Bunche Park during a Youth Football League team practice. Four people, including a child, were injured during the shooting.
The suspects in the park shooting also remain at large.
On Tuesday, several Miami Gardens pastors gathered together to speak against the recent violent crimes. "It seems like this problem is getting worse with all these shootings and killings. Our responsibility is to reach back and grab our community back from the thugs," said Pastor Eric Readon. "We don't have to get violent with violence, but we do need to let the policeman know who did it. It's no sense in letting them keep running until it hits your house."
Miami Gardens residents also expressed frustration about the violence in their neighborhood. "Things are happening all over right now. You don't know what to expect with these little jitterbugs all over the place," Wilson said.
If you know the whereabouts of the suspects in any of the shootings, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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