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Two Teenagers Injured In Possible Drive-By In Liberty City

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A shooting in Liberty City on Friday night injured two teenage boys, who are recovering at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Antonio Miller, 13, and his friend, 14, were riding bikes outside a neighborhood hangout when witnesses say a car pulled up and started shooting, reports NBC Miami.

The shooting occurred around 9 p.m. at NW 13th Avenue and NW 62nd Street. Miller was shot in the elbow and a bullet grazed his knee. He is in stable condition at Ryder Trauma Center.

His friend, known only as Ted, sustained more minor injuries and is recovering at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Miller's family believes the drive-by was random and that Miller and his friend were not targeted, reports CBS Miami.

A neighbor nearby who heard the shots told WSVN 7, "It's sad that the kids got shot, but this goes on every day. I have a 3-year-old. He knows when to get down, and that's sad," citing a need for increased police presence.

Earlier this month, there were two other drive-bys in Liberty City, which placed victims in critical condition at Jackson.

Yet the city's recent aid to Liberty City seems mostly cosmetic.

Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones recently agreed to spend $428,000 in taxpayer money to fix up four small businesses along NW 7th Avenue in Liberty City.

Channel 10's Michael Putney went public to say the money should instead be spent on job training and school programs in the area.

In his Herald column, he wrote fixing the storefronts was "worse than putting lipstick on a pig. It’s putting a useless Band-aid on a festering wound."

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