A man who avoided a murder charge just months ago thanks to Florida's Stand-Your-Ground law was one of two men shot and killed in Liberty City Tuesday night.
The shooting happened around 9:30 p.m. in the 6900 block of Northwest 15th Avenue, Miami Police spokesman Sgt. Freddie Cruz said.
Police identified the two victims as Ron Jones, 16, and Greyston Garcia, 26.
Cruz said officers responded to the area and found a young black male lying on a side street shot and unconscious. A second victim, another black male, was found shot inside a black pickup truck just feet away.
The man found in the street was pronounced dead at the scene by Miami Fire Rescue. The second victim was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital but died on the way, Cruz said.
According to the Miami Herald, the man shot in the truck was Greyston Garcia, who was granted immunity in March under the controversial self-defense law following a stabbing in Little Havana.
Garcia had chased down and stabbed a thief who had broken into his truck after the thief swung a bag filled with heavy car radios at him, according to the Herald.
Police believe Garcia was an innocent bystander in Tuesday night's shooting, the Herald reported.
Family members identified the man found shot in the street as 16-year-old Ronald Jones.
"You know, seeing my baby brother laying out here and you know, that's just an image that I'll never forget," sister Ronchel Jones said. "Everybody loved him, he was loving, caring, funny."
Cruz said police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
"This is like a big puzzle we're trying to put together," Cruz said. "We're not sure if these gentlemen were shooting at each other or if we have a third party that's at large that is responsible for the shooting."
Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade CrimeStoppers at 305-471-TIPS.