Man Shot and Killed in Hail of Gunfire in Opa-locka

Christopher Smith, 25, killed after 60 bullets fired outside apartment building

By Julia Bagg
|  Monday, Dec 30, 2013  |  Updated 11:28 AM EDT
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An aspiring rapper was gunned down outside his apartment building in Opa-locka. Ahie Dawson speaks about his son, Christopher Smith.

An aspiring rapper was gunned down outside his apartment building in Opa-locka. Ahie Dawson speaks about his son, Christopher Smith.

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Man Shot and Killed in Opa-locka

A man, identified by family members as 25-year-old Christopher Smith, was shot and killed outside his apartment building in Opa-locka. Father Ahie Dawson comments.
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Police are investigating after a man was killed in a hail of gunfire outside his apartment building in Opa-locka Sunday night.

The shooting happened shortly after 10 p.m. at the apartment building at 2605 Northwest 135th Street.

Family members identified the victim as 25-year-old Christopher Smith, an aspiring rap artist and father of a 7-year-old girl.


"He was just here," said father Ahie Dawson, as he fought back tears.

Dawson said his son had just left the apartment they share when he heard several gunshots. When he went outside, he found his son shot to death.

Police said about 60 bullets were fired and they believe they may be looking for more than one gunman. Dawson urged the suspect or suspects to turn themselves in.


"Turn yourself in and face justice," Dawson said. "That was a cowardly act what you did, that was uncalled for."

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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