2 dead, 2 injured in shooting at cockfight in rural Miami-Dade – Miami-Dade – MiamiHerald.com

2 dead, 2 injured in shooting at cockfight in rural Miami-Dade – Miami-Dade – MiamiHerald.com

Behind a banana-colored home in rural southwest Miami-Dade, men had gathered around a cockpit to watch and bet on roosters as they jabbed and bloodied each other. But the violence spilled from the ring into the crowd of spectators when gunshots rang out, leaving two men dead and another two injured.

Cockfighting is not unusual in that area, said Greg Barnes, 39, who used to live less than a mile west of the shooting site. He said police busted a cockfighting ring near his home at the time.

“There was a house with a lot of chickens, and every Saturday and Sunday you could just tell that something was going on,” Barnes

On Monday, wild chickens roamed a property adjacent to where the shooting happened. On another parcel of land, a short drive east of the scene, a farmer was tending to some of the 500 hens and cocks that he was raising for sale to Puerto Rico.

The address where the shooting took place, 19651 SW 168th St., includes a one-story, 2,500-square-foot home built in 1984 with three bedrooms and three bathrooms situated on about 8.5 acres of land.

Lazaro Perea sold the property to Luis Barroso in February for $70,000, records show; the real estate website zillow.com estimates its current value as $350,000. Barroso is owner of Barroso Auto Sales in Miami, and Perea is his sales manager. Perea, who answered the phone at the used-car lot Monday, had no comment about the shooting and said Barroso is in Puerto Rico.

Detectives continued their work at the rural scene Monday after examining it in the dark Sunday night.

“It’s a lot of work,” Zabaleta said.

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