Teen shot at Parkway Middle's basketball court
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (WSVN) -- An 18-year-old continues to recover in the hospital Thursday after being shot on the basketball court of a South Florida school.
The shooting happened Wednesday at Parkway Middle School in Miami Gardens. A neighbor said she was visiting a friend when she heard gunshots ring out. "It sounded like firecrackers, but it was gunshots," said Randricka Carr. "I was sitting on the porch at my friend's house, and I heard like three shots, then it stopped. Then it started again."
Going to Twitter, Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, sent out this message: "Who's watching our kids after the last bell? 18-year-old is shot 9 times while playing basketball. Will you join me in outrage and action?"
The teen, who has been identified by a family member as Joshua Bailey, reportedly attends the Academy for Community Education and was using the courts at Parkway Middle to play basketball. "This evening, we had an 18-year-old black male who was on our basketball courts, using our basketball courts after hours," said Miami-Dade Public Schools Police Chief Ian Moffett. "Apparently, he was approached by another black male, where he was shot multiple times."
Rescue crews transported Bailey to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he remains in critical condition. "The victim fled at that time and responded back to his residence and was then transported to the hospital," said Moffett.
Thursday morning, a woman who said she is a good friend of Bailey's said he did not deserve this. "He's a good kid. He's a good friend. He's a good brother, just a great guy overall," said Tracey Williams.
Investigators said there were others on the court when the shooting happened, but they were not injured.
Parents said Bailey may have been targeted, and they are now concerned for the safety of their children. "It's a lot of kids out there playing basketball, so it was a certain child that they wanted," said Cassandra Stepherson, "but anybody else child could've got killed. Mine could've got killed."
Police are now searching for the gunman.
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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