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Video Released In Dade Arson, Shooting Investigation

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) -- Miami-Dade Police have released surveillance video of instances of arson and a shooting in an effort to find the culprits.

They are asking anyone with information on the case to step forward.

In the video, a man is seen stepping out of a car, lighting something and throwing it in the direction of a home then speeding away with a white car driving right behind them.

Click here to watch Lauren Pastrana's report. 

In the first instance,  shortly after 6 a.m. on April 29th,  residents of a home along N.W. 141th Street said people in an unknown car started shooting at the home and threw what appeared to be Molotov cocktails.

Shortly after that, another 911 call came in with a similar situation at 1415 NE  147th Street.

When officers arrived, they said they noticed bullet holes  and it appeared a Molotov cocktail had also been used.

"I'm very scared," said Elna Petiot who lives in that home with her family.

She wasn't there at the time, but her children were.

She's relieved no one was hurt, but is considering leaving the home where she's spent the last two decades.

"Twenty years," Petiot said. "I've never had problem from nobody."

Officers said there was also another similar situation at 1160 N.W. 141st Street but it was a residential fire at an abandoned home.

Arson detectives are trying to find out if that fire was related to the other two incidents.  No one was injured in the blaze.

The family living at the home where the first shots were fired already moved out a week later.

Petiot worries she won't be able to find a new place as quickly.

"The house is not easy. I've never rented house or apartment," she said. "Two bedroom now is $1200 in an apartment."

She hopes the surveillance video taken from her home's extensive security system will help cops catch the people responsible for making her live in fear.

Anyone with information is urged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471- TIPS.


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