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3 hospitalized in park shooting; police search for gunmen

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Keimouria Gardner Keimouria Gardner
Willie Wiliamson, 23, is one of the men who was hospitalized in this shooting. Willie Wiliamson, 23, is one of the men who was hospitalized in this shooting.

MIAMI (WSVN) -- Police are searching for gunmen who opened fire at a park and wounded three people, including a teenage girl.

"It was very full, maybe about 95 to 100 people, having a great time," said Frank Bain. "That's the most I've ever seen. Both basketball courts were full of people."

The shooting occurred Wednesday afternoon at the Soar Memorial Park on 83rd Street and North Miami Avenue.

Police said the gunmen shot at 23-year-old Willie Williamson and 22-year-old Herchel Belizaire. They said 17-year-old Keimouria Gardner was sitting on a park bench when she was struck in the head and neck area by a stray bullet.

According to police, two vehicles were seen driving away from the shooting scene.

Bain was near the park at the time and heard gunshots. "I was really shocked. I was trying to find out what was happening in my neighborhood."

Rescue crews rushed the three victims to Jackson Memorial Hospital. The two men are listed in stable condition. Gardner remains in critical condition.

"It's very crazy. You see things, and you think everything is all right and normal until things get crazy," said Bain. "You come back, and it's like this."

Gardner's godmother said the teen is on life support. "This is terrible; [she's] all broken," she said.

Smith said her goddaughter's family is devastated. "She's just my godkid, and I love her great," said Gloria Smith. "That's all. We'll just wait it out for what's best for her."

Smith said Gardner's family continues to stand by her side. "She's a lovely girl, beautiful, beautiful girl," she said.

Miami Police officers returned to the park Thursday. They spent the afternoon handing out dozens of flyers, offering up to a $3,000 reward to anyone whose tip leads to an arrest.

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 that reward of up to $3,000.


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