Two Stock Island brothers have been identified as the suspects in a fatal double shooting that occurred on June 15 at an area locally known as “La Curva” on Stock Island.
Jose Manuel Clemente, 45, of Stock Island, was pronounced dead at the scene. Iliecer Noa, 43, also of Stock Island, was airlifted via Trauma Star to Jackson South Medical Center, where he remained in critical condition as of presstime on June 17.
The suspects, who were still on the run as of June 17, have been identified as Mayque Marin Gomez, 31, and Jose Luis Espinosa Gomez, 34, both of Shrimp Road on Stock Island.
Both men are considered armed and dangerous by detectives with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone who sees the men should not make any efforts to detain them, but should immediately call 911. However, detectives believe the shootings of Clemente and Noa were targeted hits, and not random acts of violence.
The murder and shooting investigation began at 4:50 p.m. on June 15, when the sheriff’s office responded to 5515 5th Avenue, Stock Island.
According to witnesses, the two suspects arrived on a black scooter at a shack in the lobster and stone crab trap yards, where the victims were located. Witnesses said an argument over a Mercedes vehicle preceded the shooting. One witness said both suspects were armed.
Detectives and SWAT team members on June 16 searched a Meridian West Apartment on Shrimp Road, where the two suspects reportedly had lived.
Neither suspect was found in the 6:30 p.m. search. The apartment was empty.
The sheriff’s office and its law enforcement partners continued their search for the brothers on June 17. Both are wanted on $1.6 million bail.
Detectives did retrieve two handguns and some clothing from the suspects’ apartment. It was not yet known whether the handguns and clothing were involved in or worn during the shooting, said sheriff’s office spokesman Adan Linhardt.
Anyone with information about the shooting should contact the sheriff’s office at 305-289-2351.
Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 866-471-8477. Tips also can be submitted online at www.floridakeyscrimestoppers.com or via a text message using the smartphone app called P3 Phone. Tips also can be submitted via social media such as Facebook at Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys: click on “contact us.”