MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA – An early Thursday morning robbery attempt led to a triple shooting that left one suspect dead, the other arrested and the victim and a bystander with injuries. Police say the incident occurred around 2 a.m. Thursday in Southwest Miami-Dade.
Edward Clay, 21, and Anthony Scott attempted to rob Travis Scott, an off-duty Miami-Dade corrections officer. Both Clay and Anthony Scott fire shots at Travis Scott, with a bullet striking him in the hand. Travis Scott managed to return fire, hitting Anthony Scott in the neck. Fleeing the scene, Clay drove Anthony Scott to Homestead Hospital, where Scott later died from his injuries.
A 22-year-old woman, Najah McNear, was caught in the crossfire and suffered a gunshot injury to her leg. She was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical but stable condition. McNear’s brother, Miquel told local reporters that she had been talking to friends outside of her home on SW 247 Terrace when a vehicle pulled up and someone started shooting. A woman leaving the scene of the shooting overturned her Nissan Altima after striking a parked car. She was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Clay faces multiple charges including second-degree murder, second-degree felony murder, attempted armed robbery and tampering with evidence. Florida is one of many states where anyone involved in the commission of a felony can be charged with felony murder if any other person dies as a result of the crime, even if is another suspect.
Could you draw your defensive handgun and return fire after being shot in the hand? Do you shoot two-handed or use a handheld light in conjunction with a handgun? What if it was your dominant hand? What about clearing a jam or changing magazines in the heat of the moment with an injured hand or non-functioning hand? These are all questions that need to be answered and addressed during training, with weak side one handed shooting being one more thing to learn, practice and become proficient at.