2 held in drive-by shooting
Two buddies confessed to plotting to kill two young women in West Miami-Dade, police said.
BY DAVID OVALLE
Two pals face charges they stalked and gravely wounded two young women in a drive-by shooting in Fontainebleau.
Nianthony Martinez, 20, and Angel Emilio Gamez Jr., 21, were charged with attempted first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
Neither man has a criminal history. Both described themselves as college students. Both confessed to the murder plot, Miami-Dade police say.
Oneida Cano, 20, and passenger Marian Zorrilla, 17, were wounded Thursday morning when someone in a passing car peppered their black Mazda with gunfire.
Martinez had dated Zorilla, but their relationship had ended. Her new romance was Cano, police said. ''He couldn't accept the fact that she had a new friend,'' said Miami-Dade Detective Mario Rachid, a spokesman.
A call placed to the Miami-Dade CrimeStoppers tip line helped detectives crack the case, police said.
The women were shot about 2 a.m. on the road outside 10155 NW Ninth Street Cir., just north of Fontainebleau Boulevard.
Both women were airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Shot about five or six times in the stomach, Cano is recovering at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Zorrilla, shot through the left cheek, was released Friday.
Martinez and Gamez had been ''planning [Zorrilla's] demise for awhile,'' according to a Miami-Dade arrest report.
Police said that on Wednesday night into early Thursday, Gamez drove Martinez around as they hunted their prey. Martinez wielded his buddy's 9mm handgun.
They conducted a surveillance on Cano at her job. The pair followed the car but lost it. They found her again on Northwest Ninth Street Circle, along a quiet strip of gated condos, police said.
Martinez confessed to ''putting on latex gloves, a hoodie and loading a 9mm firearm,'' a police report said. He peppered the Mazda with bullets, police said.
Martinez, a Miami Dade College student, is from West Miami-Dade. Gamez, also of West Miami-Dade, lives about three miles from where the women were shot.
Gamez graduated in 2005 from Coral Park Senior High, where he was a member of the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps and drill team.
He had attended Florida International University, where he had joined the fraternity Sigma Alpha Mu. His frat nickname: ``Squidward.''
But Gamez had dropped his affiliation with the fraternity about a year ago, said FIU senior Danilo Cabrera, the president.
''He's not really an active brother,'' Cabrera said.
Gamez had recently taken a job as a Florida Power & Light customer service rep.