A man injured in a Miami shooting is recovering at Jackson Memorial Hospital after doctors removed a bullet from his head, his family said.
Pedro Nunez, 27, was briefly released from the hospital Tuesday morning but later told to return so a bullet could be removed, his aunt Maira Nunez said in Spanish.
A teen girl was killed in the shooting, which happened around 12:30 a.m. in the 1400 block of Northwest 34th Street, Miami Police spokeswoman Kenia Reyes said.
Reyes said the girl was rushed to the hospital, where she died. Friends identified her as Emaiyne Pittman and said she was just 16 years old.
Nunez was also rushed to the hospital after he was shot in front of his grandmother's house. He was sitting in a van with two other people at the time, including Christian Marino.
He said in Spanish that they were listening to music when two men approached the van and started shooting. Nunez was struck in the head and Pittman, who was standing outside of the vehicle, was hit several times.
"We want justice of course, we want to find out who did this," brother Victor Nunez said at the hospital.
A dog, Coco, was also shot at the scene and taken to a nearby animal hospital with two bullet wounds. The dog (picture below), who was struck in her two right legs, is expected to be okay.
Coco attacked one of the shooters, said Dorothy Edwards, whose son was walking the animal in the area.
“The guy turned around ’cause the dog was biting him, and he turned around and he shot him and we heard the dog say ‘erk,’ and we didn't see him anymore,” Edwards said.
If Coco had not attacked, more lives could have been lost, Edwards said.
“To me that dog was a hero for my son because he saved my son's and Pedro's life, because if he wouldn't have attacked him he probably would've continued to shoot at him,” she said.
Pedro Nunez initially returned home from the hospital around 8 a.m. with staples on the side of the face from where he was shot.
"I was running," Nunez recalled, saying little about the shooting
It's unknown what led to the shooting, which police are still investigating.
Anyone with information was asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.
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