North Miami Beach police arrested a man Friday morning in connection with the shooting of a 15-year-old girl earlier this month that left her critically wounded.
Genesis Anderson, 24, faces charges of attempted first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Police said Milinda Michel Pierre was shot May 11 outside her home in the area of Northeast 155th Terrace and Northeast 14th Avenue.
Milinda’s mother, Gina Pierre, told Local 10 News that she checked on her daughter, who was sleeping, shortly before the shooting. Pierre said she went to sleep and was awakened by her daughter screaming.
“By 11 o’clock, I just hear, ‘Mommy! Mommy! I got shot!’ That’s it,” she said.
Pierre said her daughter was taken to a local hospital in critical condition after the shooting.
“Bless her heart. Milinda is a very strong girl, and we just ask that we continue with prayers for the family, for Milinda, and we’re here fighting for Milinda,” Maj. Richard Rand said.
Authorities interviewed Milinda from her hospital bed, who told them that she knew Anderson for about five months.
Milinda told detectives that she had a falling out with the suspect, who she knew as “G” and considered a friend. She said he showed up to her home with another man May 11, knocked on the door and shot her when she opened it.
Pierre said her daughter attends North Miami Beach High School, where she is a member of the JROTC program and plays volleyball.
“She’s a sweetheart. (I’ve) never had problem with her, and she’s an A student,” Pierre said.
Anderson is being held without bond.