The mass shooting that killed two and wounded seven outside a Liberty City apartment complex was an act of retaliation, Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa said Wednesday.
"Whoever loses decides to retaliate against that other guy and go up to Miami Gardens for example and shoot up a house there," said Chief Orosa. "Miami Gardens goes to Lincoln Fields and shoots up a house there and then they come back to Liberty City. So right now we have that triangle."
Orosa said detectives are still investigating and sorting out the details of the Tuesday morning shooting that claimed the lives of 30-year-old Kevin Richardson and 26-year-old Nakiel Jackson.
"It's going to never stop," said Jackson's aunt Cynthia Woods. "Innocent people, babies, people minding their own business, people got good jobs just being at the wrong place just walking down the street, sitting on the porch...crazy."
According to Orosa, at least two gunmen jumped out of a vehicle and opened fire with automatic weapons on a group of 10-12 people who were drinking outside the apartment building at Northwest 12th Avenue and 65th Street around 2 a.m. Tuesday.
The injured victims were rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital, among them a 17-year-old girl named Jessica who was in critical condition with life-threatening gunshot wounds.
The suspects jumped back in the vehicle and fled the scene. Police haven't given a description of the suspects.
Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Miami Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.