22-Year-Old Florida International University Graduate Shot Dead While Driving on I-95 in Miami

Police have launched a manhunt for the suspect who killed Melissa Gonzalez (left and right), 22, as she drove near Miami’s West Little River neighborhood around 8.30pm on Friday. She was traveling with 26-year-old Julian Cortina (right) when she was struck in the head

A recent Florida International University graduate was shot dead while driving along Interstate 95 in Miami.

Police have launched a manhunt for the suspect or suspects who killed Melissa Gonzalez, 22, as she drove near Miami’s West Little River neighborhood around 8.30pm Friday evening.

Gonzalez was traveling with 26-year-old Julian Cortina when she was struck in the head.

Cortina told police that he heard multiple gunshots and then noticed that Gonzalez was bleeding profusely from her head.

He said he immediately called 911. First responders rushed Gonzalez to Ryder Trauma Center hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

Officers from the Florida Highway Patrol are actively investigating the shooting.

They are currently trying to determine whether Gonzalez’s vehicle was struck by a stray bullet or if she was a target.

Police are also looking through security cameras in order to try and find the gunman.

Cortina told investigators that he believed the gunshots came from a dark-colored car.

Cortina told investigators that he believed the gunshots came from a dark-colored car. Police at the scene of the shooting
Police (pictured at the scene) are looking through security cameras in order to try and find the gunman

No other injuries were reported during the shooting.

Gonzalez’s mother, Shiella Nunez, told NBC 6 that her daughter would have turned 23 later this month.

Nunez said Gonzalez had just graduated from FIU in the summer of 2019.

Gonzalez was getting ready to take the LSAT and apply to law school, her mother said.

SOURCE: Daily Mail, Valerie Edwards