Four women who were shot in Liberty City over the weekend were on their way to buy drugs when gunmen targeted their car, Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa said Monday.
The suspects were targeting a man who was taking the women to buy drugs, and they thought he was in the car, but he had already left, Orosa said at a news conference.
Tiarra Ashanda Grant, 18, and Shalaunda Williams, 22, died in the shooting that happened just after midnight on Sunday in the area of Northwest 64th Street and 12th Avenue, according to police.
The two other women were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital with gunshot wounds. Orosa said they have since left the hospital and that police will be in contact with them.
The police chief said the investigation is going pretty well, and police hope to get leads and make an arrest.
One of the deceased women left behind a one-month-old child, police said.
Orosa said police are doubling their efforts to prevent shootings in Liberty City after an uptick in violence in the neighborhood.
He spoke about shootings between two factions in Miami and Miami Gardens.
"We have a few young folks that are in the drug trade and they're fighting for territory and unfortunately sometimes innocent persons get involved, in the way, these girls had no idea this guy had been targeted by another group and it's unfortunate,” Orosa said.
Mary Smith, who lost a daughter to gunfire years ago, lives down the street from the latest shooting.
“Don’t look like it is ever gonna quit,” she said. “People want to take life but they can’t give life. But they take life.”
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