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Police investigating after mother is shot, killed in Miami

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MIAMI (WSVN) -- Authorities continue to search for the suspect responsible for shooting a mother of four Wednesday.

Family members said Anshamere Cephus, also known as Shay, was 28 years old.

A witness nearby explained what he saw. "I just heard a whole bunch of shots, and I just saw somebody running away from, I guess, what was a dead body lying in the street right now," said Ricardo Deleoa.

Cephus was gunned down around 1 a.m. Wednesday. Her body was found near her sport utility vehicle in the area of North Miami Avenue and Northeast 15th Street. "Crazy, here one second and basically gone the next," said Cephus' brother, Jay.

Deleoa said he heard the gunfire and saw the shooter running from the scene. "Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, non-stop, like one behind the other. It wouldn't stop," he said. "He passed by a whole bunch of security guards with a gun open, and I guess they didn't want to chase him because they felt the danger."

The woman's license plate led police to her apartment in the 300 block of Northwest 22nd Street in Miami where they found four children, ranging from 9 months to 9 years old, home alone. Those four children are now staying with relatives. "It didn't set-in yet. I don't think ... we're not telling them directly, but I don't think it set in," said Jay Cephus. "I don't know at this moment."

Neighbors woke up after hearing all the commotion. "The baby came to the window, and I told him to open the door. The police was to the door because he was trying to kick it in," said Lisa Cobb.

Officials explained what they are focused on this case. "Our detectives are still working on that to see who was taking care of the children," said Miami Police Sergeant Freddie Cruz. "Again, the focus of this is that it's a young mother. Now these kids don't have a mother to come home to."

Authorities are searching for the gunman and are trying to determine a motive for the fatal shooting. "We don't know what the motive is. We don't know who we are dealing with. It's still a puzzle that our homicide investigators are putting together," said Cruz.

Cruz continued, "Like always, we always ask the community, someone that may have heard something or saw something suspicious sometime in the midnight hours, please come forward. Any and all information will help us put this puzzle together and put the person or persons behind bars."

Wednesday afternoon at the Rainbow CDC Summer Camp that Cephus' children attended, counselor Paulette Jackson was shocked to hear the news. "It's very sad that they had to take the child's mother away from them because now those kids don't have a mother right now," said Jackson.

Family members arrived at Cephus' home Wednesday afternoon to collect her belongings and those of her children.

The Department of Children and Family does have an open investigation. Neighbors also said police had previously been called to the home for domestic violence issues. "She had a restraining order," said Cobb. "Everytime something would happen, she would call the police."

Jay Cephus simply wants answers to help give closure to the family. "However it went, just go ahead and turn yourself in. Clear yourself out."

If you have any information on this crime, 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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