MIAMI, Fla.- Two teenagers were shot Tuesday night within hours of each other in nearby neighborhoods. Police say a 13-year-old boy was shot in the lower back near Brownsville Middle School just hours before an 18-year-old was shot.
Cedrick Pernell, 13, was a student at the school he was shot near, said NBC 6. Pernell was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he is in stable condition as of Tuesday night, said police.
The shooting, which was the first of two that night, occurred around 6:20 p.m. on NW 24th Ave. Police have very little details about the shooting other than thereafter a white Mercedes fleeing the scene crashed into a pole at Northwest 56th Street and Seventh Avenue.
There were three people in that car and police have detained them and are questioning them. Two of those three are juveniles and though police did release their names, due to their age the names are not being published. The two juveniles were with 19-year-old Eric Williams Bell. So far none of the three have been charged with anything, said the Miami Herald.
The second shooting took place about two hours later in the same neighborhood. According to CBS Miami, the shooting occurred at NW 6th Ave and NW 57th St. This shooting involved an 18-year-old that was rushed by Miami Fire Rescue to Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition just after 9 p.m., said Miami police. The teen’s current condition is unknown.
According to the Miami Herald, over the weekend six teens were shot at a Sweet 16 party in South Miami Heights. That makes at least eight teens shot in the Miami-Dade County area in the last week.
According to CBS Miami, local leaders held a meeting Tuesday evening to go over the increased gun violence taking place in the streets of Miami. There are no further details of this meeting though.