Let me run this by some of my more cynical readers. On Thursday night I was out with my husband and we decided to stop by the new Starbucks in Skylake Mall for some dessert. When we walked out I noticed a ton of police cars and rescue vehicles in front of Publix, all with their lights flashing. Being a yenta, of course, I told my husband he just had to drive closer to the scene so I could try to find out what happened. We couldn’t get very close because the entire front of Publix and part of the parking lot was cordoned off with crime scene tape. We rubbernecked for a few minutes, then drove home.
To say I was curious is putting it mildly. Since there were North Miami Beach cop cars on the scene, as well as those from other jurisdictions, my first act was to call the non-emergency number of the NMB Police Department for more information. All I was told was that “the situation is under control.” When I pressed her for more information, she said there was none. I presumed that she wasn’t at liberty to discuss the matter, and she neither confirmed nor denied my presumption.
Next I checked my handy dandy iPhone apps for The Miami Herald and Channel 7 News. No mention of the incident on either website.
I then proceeded to call Rosh Lowe of Channel 7 News, who usually covers NMB news. He said he heard something about it, and that maybe it was a shooting, but he had no other information.
I thought that was rather strange. The fact that there were absolutely no news crews on the scene only added to the mystery.
Later that evening, we drove to Walgreens on Miami Gardens Drive and NE 14 Avenue. I immediately noticed an armed guard standing just inside the door. I waited in the car while my husband went inside. When he came out he told me that the cashier said she heard there was a shooting at the credit union near Publix. She told him that “two Jamaicans” got into an argument, shots were fired but no one was hurt. Hence the armed guard at Walgreens.
I called a fellow yenta in NMB and told him what I heard, to which he replied, “We are under siege.” To which I responded, “And our criminals can’t even shoot straight.”
Yesterday I was at my hairdresser. Of course, you know that your hairdresser knows EVERYTHING! Of course, she had already heard about the shooting from a friend of hers who works at Publix. Only this story went something like “two men were in the check out line and got into an argument, which ended in gunfire.”
Okay, so which is it? Did the shooting happen at the credit union or at Publix? I’m inclined to believe the latter because the crime scene tape was in front of Publix, while the credit union is a pretty fair distance away.
But the bigger mystery, if you will, is why has there been absolutely no mention of this incident in the press? Not one story in the Herald. Not one video on any of our local news channels (that I’m aware of anyway). Not one press release from our Police Department or any other PD (that I’m aware of anyway).
Does anyone out there know the truth?
Could it be that shootings have become so common lately that if no one gets hit it’s not news? Or, could there be some sort of cover up going on here?
Is conspiracy no longer a theory?
You be the judge.
“Spreading the Wealth”