Two homeless people were killed in Miami and now police say a suspected serial killer has been arrested and possibly linked him to another murder in October.
Around 8 p.m. on Dec. 21, a witness flagged down police in Miami for a person suffering from blunt force trauma to the head, officials said.
Authorities determined the victim was suffering from a gunshot wound and was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital and is in critical condition.
Officials said they connected the two incidents because of the short time span between the shootings and that both victims were homeless.
Detectives began looking for physical and electronic evidence and surveillance video showed a black vehicle driving up to one of the victims, who was lying on the ground and shooting him several times, police said.
From the video, officials said they could make out the type of vehicle and the license plate. Police found the vehicle and the suspect, who was in possession of a firearm that matched the caliber used in both crimes, CBS Miami stated.
The suspect, 25-year-old Willy Suarez Maceo, was taken to the station for questioning. The lead investigator noticed the resemblance of the suspect to a person wanted for a murder on Oct. 16, which was a murder of a homeless person victim, authorities said.
Officials are now asking for the public’s help in connecting the Dec. 21 crimes with the murder in October.
Authorities said Suarez Maceo will be charged with murder and attempted murder.
Ron Book, chair of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, told CBS Miami, “This tragic news cuts to the heart of our community. No one should be the victim of gun violence let alone our most vulnerable, those experiencing homelessness. We stand ready to work with the City of Miami Police Department in any way necessary to help solve this senseless crime.”
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