Mother, aunt and uncle of missing 15-year-old girl are shot and wounded while searching for her by gunman who is believed to have taken the Florida teen when he fled
Police in Florida are looking for a man who shot and wounded three family members when they turned up looking for their missing 15-year-old relative.
According to the Miami Herald, the incident occurred outside an abandoned home around 9am on Friday in Miami Gardens.
The mother, aunt, and uncle of Janiya Johnson, 15, and were led to the location by the missing girl’s ankle bracelet which had a GPS tracker.
Investigators believe the man who shot them had been sleeping in an SUV parked in the driveway of the abandoned home when the family arrived.
Police are looking for a man who shot and wounded three people around 9am on Friday in Miami Gardens, Florida (left). The victims are the mother, aunt and uncle of missing 15-year-old Janiya Johnson (right)
Residents reported hearing an argument before shots rang out.
‘You just heard people arguing, and the next thing you know, you just heard pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, and that was it,’ Elliot Taylor, who witnessed the incident, told WSVN.
Police say they do not know who the suspect but is but say he may have taken Johnson.
She is described as a black female weighing 120 pounds and standing 5’5″.
Her photo was uploaded to the Twitter account of the Miami Gardens Police Department as well as a cellphone photo of the suspect that one of the victims managed to take before being shot.
The photo depicts a young black man with facial hair wearing a black jacket, gray sweatpants and blue Nike sneakers, but his face is not seen clearly.
‘HAVE YOU SEEN HIM? CALL 911. DO NOT APPROACH. SUBJECT ARMED AND DANGEROUS,’ a police tweet read.
‘This is an actual picture (taken this morning) of the subject we are actively looking for in the Bunche Park Area…He may have changed clothing.”
It isn’t clear whether the suspect knew the victims before the shooting or whether Johnson is being held against her will
NBC 6 reported that the three victims were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center with non-life threatening injuries.
It isn’t clear whether the suspect knew the victims before the shooting or whether Johnson is being held against her will.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).
Callers can remain anonymous and, if they have information that helps lead to an arrest, they may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.