Suspect Wanted in Overtown Park Shooting Arrested: Police

Man who shot three people during youth football game caught: Cops

By Hank Tester and Brian Hamacher
|  Friday, Sep 28, 2012  |  Updated 8:03 PM EDT
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Police found the man wanted for shooting three people during a Pop Warner Optimist football game because of something that rarely happens: locals talked to them. Overtown resident James Gibson and Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa talked about the arrest of Jamar Anton Jordan. He was being held without bond Friday.

Police found the man wanted for shooting three people during a Pop Warner Optimist football game because of something that rarely happens: locals talked to them. Overtown resident James Gibson and Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa talked about the arrest of Jamar Anton Jordan. He was being held without bond Friday.

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Police found the man wanted for shooting three people during a youth football game at an Overtown park because of something that rarely happens: locals talked to them.

Jamar Anton Jordan, 20, was arrested Thursday and charged with three counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Miami Police spokesman Det. Willie Moreno said.

Police said Jordan fired indiscriminately into a crowd at Gibson Park at 401 NW 12th St. the night of Sept. 7 during a Pop Warner Optimist football game.

"The residents were so angry that this guy decided to shoot in a park full of little kids that they came forward and they provided vital information," Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa said.

A victim and a witness identified Jordan as the gunman, according to an arrest affidavit.

"The community stepped up. You know, it don’t make no sense for the whole community to be persecuted by one individual doing something ignorant," resident James Gibson said.

Gibson Park recently re-opened after an $11 million overhaul that made it a state-of-the-art facility.

"Overtown is positive. We have a lot of kids, we have a lot of positive people over here that’s trying to do right," Gibson said.

Jordan had gotten into an argument just before the shooting, police said. Three people were hit with bullets as a large crowd dashed for cover.

The victims were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Jordan appeared in bond court Friday, and is being held without bond, according to online Miami-Dade Corrections records. It was unknown whether he has an attorney.

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