*On Sunday, November 22, there were two additional shooting scenes in South Dade, with five people being shot and injured. Updates to follow. Police are not yet releasing whether any of the shootings are related.
A wave of violent crime in South Miami Dade has police officials concerned. According to CrimeMapping.com accessed from the Miami-Dade County official website there have been 5 Homicide incidents (1 with 2 victims) in the area south of Pinecrest since 6 November when 18-year old Tre R. Point Dujour was killed in the parking lot of the Homestead Gardens Apartments on 288th St.
The latest was a drive-by shooting in Florida City on Tuesday 17 November. Cortisha Cade, 21, was one of a large group gathered outside of 524 NW 7th Ave when she was struck and killed by a bullet fired from a passing car. Cade was the only person in the crowd hit by gunfire. Miami Dade PD Public Information Officer (PIO) indicated that the only information on the vehicle used in the shooting was that it was a dark sedan and that no one was talking to the police.
In addition to the homicides there have been several other non-fatal shooting incidents in South Dade. Police sources have told the News Leader that there is concern that some of these incidents are gang related and that more may occur as retribution.
When asked about the drive by killing, Florida City Police Chief Pedro Taylor stated that, “I have no details on the incident. It is being investigated by the Miami Dade Police Department.” When asked if the homicide was gang related and if he was concerned about gang retribution he said, “We are hoping for more information from the investigation.”
On Friday morning 20 November, Homestead Police Department PIO Sgt. Fernando Morales responded to the News Leader’s question about concern over gang related retribution attacks based on the homicide in Florida City on 17 Nov. with the following, “The Homestead Police Department has seen a recent increase to shootings in the Florida City and Gould/Naranja area. Unfortunately the City of Homestead finds itself in the middle of these two areas. Chief A. Rolle along with the Homestead Police Command Staff have directed extra patrol and have initiated measures in an attempt to stop these incidents in the City of Homestead. We do encourage the public to contact the police with any information.”
Any one with information on either of these two homicides can contact the Miami Dade PD Homicide Bureau at 305 471-2400 or anonymously thru Crime Stoppers at 305 471-TIPS (8477). There is a $5000.00 reward being offered thru Crime Stoppers for information in the Dujour killing.