Authorities are investigating after a teen was shot outside a Miami Gardens school Wednesday night.
The shooting happened around 6:30 p.m. outside Parkway Middle School at 2349 Northwest 175th Street, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Police spokeswoman Gemma Carrillo said.
Joshua Bailey, an 18-year-old student at ACE in El Portal, was rushed to Jackson Memorial North in critical condition, Carrillo said.
While a suspect has not been identified, neighbors said Bailey was approached by someone he had a confrontation with earlier in the day.
"A young man that he got into it with early in the day came up, shot him and scattered the whole basketball court," neighbor and minister Jon Ingraham said.
He said this type of gun violence did not happen when he was a child growing up in that community.
"We need to teach our children," Ingraham said. "We need to place a book in their hand instead of a gun."
Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho posted the following message on Twitter:
"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?"
Miami-Dade School Police and Miami Gardens Police are both investigating the shooting.
Meanwhile, family and friends are asking anyone with information to come forward.
"Somebody talk because there are witnesses out there," family friend Tracey Williams said. "Somebody would know."
Anyone who may have information on the case can contact Miami-Dade CrimeStoppers anonymously at 305-471-TIPS (8477).
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