Thursday, August 19

Authorities Arrest 3 Teens Linked To Deadly Florida Graduation Party Shooting

Police have arrested three in connection with the Sunday shooting at a graduation party has left at least three people dead and five others injured.

The Miami-Dade Police Department said in a news release that the three were spotted in front of the strip mall parking lot just south of Miami-Dade College around 2 a.m. Sunday, when the shooting occurred.

One or more vehicles “pulled up and began to fire into the crowd,” Miami-Dade police Director Alfredo “Freddie” Ramirez said at a news conference.

The three, arrested Monday and charged with attempted first-degree murder, are Quantayvious McCutchen,19; his brother, 17-year-old Yahtayvious McCutchen; and Keyshad Richardson, 19. 

Background story:

Three people were killed and at least five others injured following a shooting at a Florida graduation party early Sunday, the latest in a string of such violence in the Miami area, police said. 

One of those killed was a state corrections officer, Miami-Dade police Director Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez told reporters. 

He said the party at a strip mall lounge was ending when one or more vehicles “pulled up and began to fire into the crowd.” 

The identities of all of those killed and wounded were not immediately released. The shooting happened about 2 a.m. in the Miami suburb of Kendall. 

State corrections officials identified the officer who died as Tyleisha Taylor, 20, who had worked at Dade Correctional Institution since January 2020. 

Florida Secretary of Corrections Mark Inch said in a statement that “we are devastated to learn a member of our FDC family, Officer Taylor, was killed in a fatal shooting. Our prayers are with her family as they navigate this unimaginable loss.” 

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said she was “horrified” by this latest shooting. 

“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 said in a statement Sunday. 

“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,” she added. 

Two of those who died were in one of the cars police believe was involved in the shooting. The vehicle sped off and crashed into a nearby wall. Authorities found at least one gun in the car, but its exact connection to the shooting was unclear. 

Sunday’s shooting follows a bloody Memorial Day weekend in the Miami area that saw three people killed and 20 wounded in a still-unsolved mass shooting at a banquet hall. 

Another shooting on May 28 in the Wynwood area killed one person and injured six others. 

“Every weekend, it’s the same thing. We have to band together,” Ramirez said. “There’s a lot of work to do. We have to come together as a community and make this stop.”

“We have to overcome this as a community, as a law enforcement community, it shows that there’s a lot of work to be done. We’re not going to stop. We’re all hands on deck. I mean, this is a setback without a doubt it is a terrible tragedy for our community. But that shows you the importance of why we have to have Operation Summer Heat. You know, it goes across – it’s countywide. We had one in the north end last weekend, here we are in the south end of the county, so that’s why we all have to be all hands on deck, because this is not specific to one area.”