16-year-old charged as an adult in Florida City murder

16-year-old charged as an adult in Florida City murder
16-year-old charged as an adult in Florida City murder

FLORIDA CITY, Fla. – A teenager who allegedly shot and killed a man in Florida City in June is being charged as an adult, according to an arrest report released Tuesday.

According to the report from the Miami-Dade Police Department, which handled the investigation, the shooting occurred shortly before 10 p.m. on June 11 in front of the victim’s home in the 1200 block of Northwest Seventh Avenue.

Florida City police officers, who were first on the scene, found three victims inside a black Nissan Sentra.

Police said one of the victims, whose brother identified him to Local 10 News as Eric Jackson, was suffering from gunshot wounds and was taken to Jackson South Medical Center, where he was declared brain dead and is not expected to survive.

The arrest report indicates Jackson died three days later. Police said the 21-year-old was shot in the head.

Police said a woman told detectives she heard multiple gunshots outside her residence.

As she left her home, the woman saw Kedrick McKnight, also known as “Keddie,” standing in her driveway and shooting at her vehicle with a “Draco” rifle, according to the report.

Police said the woman’s children were inside the vehicle when she yelled, “You’re going to jail for this, Keddie!” as the 16-year-old fled northbound on Northwest Seventh Avenue. She later identified McKnight as the suspect in a photo lineup.

Detectives said that on June 17, McKnight was located at the Garden Inn Homestead Hotel and taken into custody.

During questioning at the MDPD Homicide Bureau, police said McKnight, after being read his Miranda rights, provided contradictory statements and denied involvement in the case. Despite his denial, he was charged and taken to a Juvenile Assessment Center in Miami-Dade.

“Eric is a good guy, he stayed out of trouble, he helped his son. Eric is in good hands,” Johnny Grandjean, the victim’s brother, told Local 10 News last month.

A Local 10 News crew was on the scene as the car Jackson was traveling in was being towed away.

Relatives say Jackson has a one-year-old daughter and they hope justice will be done.

According to jail records, McKnight faces a first-degree murder charge.

He has been held without bail at the Metro West Detention Center since Tuesday.

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