Tyleisha Taylor, a corrections officer for the Dade Correctional Institution, is one of the victims of a Florida shooting that left three dead and five injured. The drive-by shooting in Miami-Dade County Sunday is the second shooting in a week to affect the community, and law enforcement personnel are attempting to understand what happened.
According to reports, one or more cars pulled up outside of a strip mall where a graduation party was taking place, and suspects within the vehicles opened fire on the crowd. The party, which was just South of Miami-Dade College, was ending around 2 a.m. Sunday, and several individuals were walking out. That’s when suspects within the one or more vehicles “began to fire into the crowd,” according to Alfredo “Freddie” Ramirez, the Miami-Dade police director.
Police have yet to identify the suspects, however, two individuals were killed in a car crash as they fled the scene, and it is unclear whether they had a part in the drive-by shooting. Investigators found a firearm in the vehicle, but no connection to the shooting has been confirmed.
Among the dead was 20-year-old Tyleisha Taylor, who had been working for the Dade Correctional Institution since January 2020. Florida Secretary of Corrections, Mark Inch, made a statement regarding the loss of a fellow law enforcement officer.
“We are devastated to learn a member of our FDC family,” Inch said in a statement. “Officer Taylor was killed in a fatal shooting. Our prayers are with her family as they navigate this unimaginable loss.”
Authorities reportedly took Taylor to a nearby hospital after the shooting, but she quickly fell to her wounds. “It just goes to show you the magnitude of this gun violence issue doesn’t just affect community members, it affects the law enforcement community,” Alfredo Ramirez said.
“This violence has to stop,” he continued. “This is extremely frustrating. Every weekend it’s the same thing. And we just got to band together. We did Operation Summer Heat, made a lot of arrests, seized a lot of firearms and here we are again.”
Six others were injured in the recent Florida shooting – three men and three women – but their identities have not been released. Those individuals are said to be in stable condition, but the extent of their injuries is unknown.
Though no suspects have been identified, police are looking for a dark-colored Chevrolet Malibu and a white Toyota Camry, after witness claim they saw those vehicles fleeing the scene after the shooting unfolded.
In a tweet, “Freddie” Ramirez explained that investigators are doing their best to apprehend the individuals responsible. “our community was again painfully struck by gun violence overnight,” he wrote. “No one is immune, this shooting took the life of a correctional officer. We all have the responsibility to report these killers. My deepest condolences to those affected by this intentional act of violence.
The recent Florida shooting that left Tyleisha Taylor and two others dead is the second mass shooting in a week, following one at a Miami-area concert last Sunday, May 30. Two people were killed and 20 more were injured when three gunmen reportedly jumped out of an SUV and opened fire on the crowd.
The Crime Stoppers Miami & FL Keys Twitter page posted that there is currently a reward for any information on those responsible for last week’s shooting. The reward has increased to $130,000 after Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis donated $100,000 to the cause, and another $30,000 was sent in from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.
The Miami-Dade shooting on June 6 is being called domestic terrorism, and Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava is “horrified” by the events. “We will not allow a small group of violent actors to terrorize our community, and violent offenders will face the full weight of the law,” she explained in a statement Sunday.
Cava added that “I’m fully committed to making sure Miami-Dade Police Department has all the resources they need to end this cycle of gun violence and prevent more tragedy by getting violent criminals off the street.”