Shooter arrested after targeting homeless people: Miami police

Willy Suarez Maceo is suspected in two shootings that occurred Tuesday night about two hours apart

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Police in South Florida announced Thursday that they have arrested a real estate agent suspected of hunting homeless people.

Willy Suarez Maceo, 25, was initially jailed early Thursday morning on a trespassing charge, and Interim Miami Police Chief Manuel Morales said during a news conference that they were planning to charge him with a count of murder and a count of attempted murder.

Maceo is suspected in two shootings that occurred Tuesday night about two hours apart, police said. One victim survived, but the other didn’t. 

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This image provided by the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department, shows Willy Suarez Maceo. (Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department via AP)

This image provided by the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department, shows Willy Suarez Maceo. (Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department via AP)

Detectives said video surveillance footage placed Maceo’s car at one of the attacks, and then ballistics testing showed the same gun was used in both attacks.

Investigators were also working to connect Maceo to a shooting from October, officials said.

Miami Police interim Chief Manuel Morales, foreground and Mayor Francis Suarez, right, announce the arrest of a real estate agent suspected of hunting homeless people, Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021, during a news conference at the Miami Police Department in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Miami Police interim Chief Manuel Morales, foreground and Mayor Francis Suarez, right, announce the arrest of a real estate agent suspected of hunting homeless people, Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021, during a news conference at the Miami Police Department in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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Jail and court records didn’t list an attorney for Maceo.