3 Ninth Graders Hurt in Shooting Near Carol City Middle School

Three ninth graders were injured in a reported drive-by shooting near Carol City Middle School Friday afternoon.

School board officials said two 15-year-olds and a 14-year-old were hit by gunfire off-campus.

The shooting happened near the school, which is located in the area of Northwest 188th Street and 37th Avenue.

School police said the three teens left Carol City High School when a person jumped out of a small, white SUV and began shooting. One of the 9th graders shot went to Carol City Middle to get help. 

The other two students were treated near 187th Street and 35th Avenue. 

A woman who did not want to be identified said the two freshmen ended up in her yard. She's a mother and a nurse, so her first instinct was to help. 

"One is bleeding. She said put some pressure on the leg. I got back inside, got a towel, sat here put some pressure on the leg. When I got back, there was a second one laying in the grass. He was bleeding in the hip," said the woman.

The three ninth graders were taken to Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital with non life-threatening. 

A brother of one of the victims said he'll be okay. 

"He's good. He's great and that's all that matters," he said. 

Police are searching for the shooter.

Carol City Middle School and Barbara Hawkins Elementary School and Carol City High School were put on lockdown as a precaution. 

The shooting happened just hours after a van carrying school children was struck by gunfire in northwest Miami-Dade. Police say a BBs from a pellet gun was shattered the van's windows.

Hours after the afternoon shooting, shots were fired near Toussaint L'Overture Elementary School in Little Haiti. School Board officials said the gunfire happend at 6 p.m. No one was injured in the shooting. 

Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho spoke against the gun violence at the scene of the shooting. 

"Our spirits, our souls are certainly bruised today. Within seven hours, two shootings three ninth grade students shot," said Carvalho.

No other information was immediately known.

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