Witnesses have identified Jorge Franco, 15, as the shooter in the death of Osmand Falls in a hail of bullets in Miami in front of United Methodist Church of Riverside. Franco is now under arrest for murder in the second degree. Speaking about the prevalence of violent crime, Miami Police Chief Rudy Llanes said “We have a huge crisis in this area, and we need to address it," adding, "The time has come for actions and not prayers and good wishes."
Llanes theorized that kids and teenagers spend too much time on social media and computer games. He said these have led to an increase of violence over the last year. "We have seen instances where our youth are using social media to brag about recent fights, to communicate new threats and to arrange fighting locations, or incite fights among each other," Llanes said.
Alleged perpetrator Franco had been engaged in a gang fight on N.W. 10th Avenue and N.W. Fourth Street. Approaching victim Falls after the fight at approximately 6:15 p.m. on April 5, Franco pointed a pistol at him and fired at least twice. One witness said that she heard three shots in rapid succession. Falls was not armed at the time of his death.
Emergency medical technicians were called and treated Falls at the scene. He was transferred via ambulance to Memorial Hospital trauma center, where he succumbed to his injuries on April 6.
Authorities are seeking to understand the motives for the shooting. Officials are still investigating why the shooting took place. Miami Police spokesperson Kenia Fallat said "There were a lot of people out at that time, so that's precisely what we're doing. We're knocking on doors. We're speaking to people to see if perhaps they got a better glimpse of what actually happened and a glimpse of that gunman."
Shortly before Falls' shooting, a teenaged boy returning from school was shot to death in Miami Gardens. Shots rang out at a parking lot at an apartment complex, ending the life of Roderick Sweeting, 17. An officer nearby, who was nearby, heard the shots and rushed to the Oaks Apartments where he found the boy between two parked vehicles. As many as seven rounds were fired when Sweeting died.
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