Two gay men were shot in a drive-by attack in Miami, leaving one in critical condition, and they believe they were targeted because they were seen sharing a kiss.
One of the victims, Clive Khouri, told Miami TV station WPLG that he and a friend were in a car about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday when they were surrounded by a group of men riding all-terrain vehicles who opened fire on them.
“When I tried to speed off to come around this corner, they kept trying to shoot, shoot, shoot,” Khouri recalled as tears ran down his face. “Some of the guys probably saw us kissing in the car.”
Police arrived at the scene to find three people who had been struck by bullets.
The other male victim, whose name has not been released, was shot in the head and rushed to Jackson South Trauma Center in critical condition, according to a Miami-Dade Police Department press release. Their car was left riddled with bullets.
A bullet grazed Khouri’s head, and another bullet grazed 42-year-old Shakena Jefferson’s head as she was trying to get into a nearby car with her wife.
“My wife got shot in the head. Two bullets went straight off her head, and I was standing here by my daughter’s car,” Jefferson’s wife, Janet Medley, said.
Khouri and Jefferson were both treated at a local hospital, and both are now home.
Miami-Dade police confirmed two men in a moving car were ambushed by shooters, who were all riding ATVs.
“One to two, or possibly three all-terrain vehicles approached that car and opened fire,” Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said.
“The bullets were just flying across my ear. I can just hear them ringing in my ears,” Medley said.
Jefferson is now home, but her wife said she is still in a lot of pain.
The search now continues for the people responsible for the shooting. Anyone with information about their identities is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.