Gun violence out of control

Four killed during holiday gunfire

D. Kevin McNeir | 12/5/2013, 9 a.m.
Last weekend, many families were renewing old acquaintances, eating turkey and dressing — while others began their Christmas shopping at ...
Gun violence in South Florida Photo by Miami Times Illustration

Last weekend, many families were renewing old acquaintances, eating turkey and dressing — while others began their Christmas shopping at area malls. But Thanksgiving also brought tragedy and sadness for some here in Miami as shots rang out in separate incidents leaving police in the search for one or more gunmen that left two young women



in Liberty City dead and two others injured.

City of Miami Police have posted a $3,000 reward in reference to the double homicide and are seeking information about the shootings of Tiarra L. Grant, 18, the mother of an infant child and Shalaunda Williams, 22 who both died in gunfire that took place in the vicinity of NW 12th Parkway and 65th Street early last Sunday morning. According to police, both women died on the scene. Two other women were shot and taken to local hospitals with injuries that were deemed not life threatening.

Police spokesperson Freddie Burden said information regarding the shootings was coming in very slowly. Burden says it is still unclear why the women were in the area or if they knew one another, calling the shootings “senseless.”



“Any information at all will help us,” she added.

Those with information are urged to contact Detective Fignole Lubin or Sgt. Altarr Williams of the Miami Police Department Homicide Unit, 305-603-6350. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call CRIME STOPPERS at 305-471-8477.

Suspect charged in N. Miami teen’s death

Last Friday, a North Miami apartment complex became the scene of more gun violence with two teenagers being shot — one, 16 — died from his injuries. According to Major Neal Cuevas, North Miami Police Department, the altercation took place last Friday evening at Center Court Apartments, 14895 NE 18th Ave. He says investigators have yet to determine if the teens lived in the area or were just visiting. However, Barner Jean Pierre, 16, was taken to Ryder Trauma Center where he died. Another 16-year-old youth continues to recover from multiple gunshot wounds.

Police have arrested Athanel J. Louis, 23, in connection with the shooting and have charged him with first-degree murder and premeditated attempted murder. Louis faced other charges in 2008 for possession of burglary tools but they were later dropped. Cuevas said police were led to Louis after witnesses came forward with information.

Tip leads to questioning of three in Opa-locka

Finally, as Monday and the start of a new week began, Miami-Dade County Police found themselves investigating a fatal shooting in Opa-locka — only a few blocks away from City Hall. The unidentified victim, a 30-year-old man, was pronounced dead at Jackson Memorial Hospital where he was airlifted after the shooting. The scene unfolded last Monday afternoon at NW 133rd Street and Alexandria Drive when police got a call saying shots had been fired. They found the man shot and then discovered a vehicle at NW 135th Street and Cairo Lane that they believe was used during the crime. The gunmen fled after being involved in an accident but allegedly left an assault rifle behind. According to police spokesman Lt. John Jenkins, three people were taken into custody for questioning late Monday after a tip led officers to an apartment complex at 135th Street and NW 32nd Court. The three have not been charged and Jenkins could not say if they were directly involved in the shooting.