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McNair Family Speaks Out to Help Catch Shooting Suspect

Police have issued an arrest warrant for Burnie Reed, 19, of Fort Lauderdale



    (Published Friday, Jan. 27, 2012)

    A Fort Lauderdale family whose two daughters were shot last weekend came forward publicly Friday to help catch a man they say ruined their lives.

    Family members said they decided to speak out because they believe another day that alleged gunman Burnie Reed is on the loose is another day that they fear for their safety.

    Police have issued an arrest warrant for Reed, 19, who they say shot Bianca McNair, 21 and her 19-year-old sister Chutney after an argument with Chutney, who he was dating and is pregnant with his child, on Saturday night.

    Bianca McNair, who police said was shot as she tried to intervene, was pronounced dead at Broward General Medical Center.

    Police said Reed then shot Chutney McNair as she ran away, but the bullet only grazed her head. She is in stable condition.

    "You took my baby from me. You tried to take chutney's life and you tried to take me out too,” said their mother Karen McNair, who says she may have been a target as well. “You must pay for this, you must pay for this."

    She warned Reed, “I have so many people out there looking for you. You're going to be found."

    The McNair family said they are in constant fear for their lives, and appealed both to the public and to Reed and his family Friday.

    "I know that your mother feels the same way – while you're in hiding she can't rest while worrying someone might find you outside of the police department, so do the right thing and turn yourself in,” Vanetta Gay, Bianca McNair’s godmother, urged Reed.

    Fort Lauderdale Police say they are still investigating whether Reed fired rounds at the victims' mother. They describe Reed as armed and dangerous. They urge anyone who knows his whereabouts to call Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.