A mother who was driving with her six minor children through north Miami was shot to death after an argument with the occupants of another car.
This incident happened on Tuesday shortly before 3:00 pm in the Miami-Dade State Park.
The victim, identified as 33-year-old Jeretha Lawson, was traveling with her family in a black SUV on Northeast 159th Street and 7th Avenue outside of Oak Grove Park when an argument reportedly began between her and a group in another car.
According to Miami-Dade police, the man got out of that vehicle and fatally shot him before fleeing. Neither he nor his associates are the same.
When the shooting began, Lawson tried to flee the scene, but collided with two other parked cars, a white sedan and a silver sedan, which killed no one.
Detective Ángel Rodríguez, a Miami-Dade police spokesman, said the woman was pronounced dead at the scene and her children, ages 7 to 17, escaped unharmed.
“I can’t imagine the pain these children must be feeling at this moment when they see their mother being sent out of the suit and unfortunately dying on the scene,” he proposed, as reported by Telemundo.
“We have resources available to help them and their families at this very difficult and tragic time,” he added.
After the incident, a large police operation was developed along several roads. Officers from Miami-Dade Police, members of the county Fire Department and the Public School Police attended the scene, as Oak Grove Elementary School was closed, which temporarily closed its doors.
“We know at the time of the day that it happened, it is normal for the school that is near the park to break and leave their day… we don’t know if they came from school or if they were going to work in the park,” he explained. Rodriguez
The police made an investigation, but all that is known is that the person or persons fled.
“We don’t know how many subjects were involved. We don’t know if they fled on foot or if they fled in a vehicle,” confirmed the driver.
Authorities are asking the community for assistance and anyone reporting information to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).