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Bullet Strikes High-Rise Apartment in Downtown Miami, Narrowly Missing Child’s High Chair

MIAMI, FL — The serenity of a downtown Miami high-rise was violently interrupted Sunday night when a bullet shattered a kitchen window in a 45th-floor apartment, narrowly missing a child’s high chair. Vivian Olodun, a marketing executive and mother of two, returned home to find her residence transformed into a crime scene.

Glass shards littered the area around her daughter’s high chair, evidence of the bullet’s impact on the hurricane-resistant window that cracked but did not completely shatter. “If the bullet had gone through the glass, it would have hit the high chair easily,” Olodun recounted from her three-bedroom condo in the Vizcayne South tower, located on the 200 block of Northeast Second Street, just steps from Biscayne Bay.

Olodun, who owns Flourish Media, a marketing agency, was attending a wedding when she received a distressing call from her nanny. The nanny reported hearing five gunshots followed by the sound of breaking glass. Thankfully, Olodun’s two young daughters, ages 2 and 3, were playing in another room at the time of the incident.

Police were alerted to the situation at 7:15 p.m. Sunday, responding to multiple reports of gunfire directed at an occupied apartment. Officer Kiara Delva, a spokesperson for the Miami Police Department, confirmed that no injuries were reported. However, the investigation to identify the shooter is ongoing.

According to Olodun, officers suggested that the gunfire likely originated from a nearby high-rise facing the Vizcayne South building. At least one other condo unit in the vicinity was struck during the incident, which occurred shortly before sunset. A resident of a 44th-floor unit in the same building reported hiding under her bed with her dog after hearing the shots.

Despite the harrowing nature of the event, police officers informed Olodun that her unit was not specifically targeted and that the shooting appeared to be a random act of violence.

Footage posted by the Only in Dade Instagram account shows the aftermath inside Olodun’s apartment, with glass shards scattered around the high chair and toys on the kitchen floor. In her own Instagram post, Olodun shared a video of herself cleaning up the broken glass the next morning, emphasizing the fragility of life and urging her followers to cherish their loved ones.

“Call your loved ones today… Life is too short,” Olodun wrote, reflecting on the previous night’s terrifying experience.

As the investigation continues, residents of the Vizcayne South tower and the surrounding downtown Miami area are left grappling with the unsettling reminder of the potential for random violence, even in the presumed safety of their high-rise homes.

 

 

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