2 shot while waiting in McDonald's drive-thru
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (WSVN) -- Two men were airlifted to the hospital after someone shot them as they waited inside their vehicle at a local McDonald's drive-thru, Friday morning.
The driver and his passenger both remain in critical condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital Friday afternoon. A woman who arrived at the hospital, identified her son, Michael Angelo Sexton, as one of the victims, and she described his condition. "They had to intubate him because he's having trouble breathing. He got shot in the chest, and they're trying to draw the fluid out," said Dentha Harvin.
Miami Gardens Police cordoned off the McDonald's restaurant located at 183rd Street and 27th Avenue. A Mercedes-Benz sport utility vehicle riddled with at least seven bullet holes was towed from the drive-thru just before noon.
Sexton's twin sister said her brother and one of his friends were ambushed. "He was coming from the club, and they went, him and his friends, I guess the other young man that was shot too, went to get something to eat and all hell broke loose," said Brittany Sexton.
The other victim has not been identified but a man who arrived on the scene shortly after the shooting said he believes his brother was in the riddled SUV. "Yeah, maybe. I think so," said Kelvin Stewart.
Witnesses said the victims in the SUV were blocked off by another vehicle before gunmen jumped out, fired and then fled in a dark-colored car. Police have not confirmed this information.
Miami Gardens Police also would not comment on the possible motive for the shooting. "We're still in the preliminary phases of this investigation," said Miami Gardens Police Detective Mike Wright.
Now, a mother remains hopeful her son will recover from his wounds, and she also pleaded for someone to come forward with information on the shooting. "Please, I know everybody don't have ice water running through their veins, please, call somebody to tell them something," said Harvin.
His sister said, "Like a cat has nine lives, he's been through a lot, and this is not the first time he got shot," said Sexton.
The newly-renovated restaurant remains closed as investigators continue to gather evidence and interview employees and any other witnesses.
Miami Gardens Police are now looking for information related to the dark-colored car they say was speeding away from the scene along Northwest 183rd Street and 27th Avenue, just before 7 a.m. Friday.
Although police said it is too early in the investigation, they do not believe this shooting is related to the fatal drive-by shooting of a 12-year-old girl inside a home Wednesday that also left her grandmother injured.
If you have any information on this shooting, 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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