Murder victim ID’d as 22-year-old woman
Guardian Staff Reporter
Published: May 01, 2013
The woman who was shot to death on Monday afternoon during a car chase was identified yesterday by police as Morgan Elizabeth Wells, 22.
Wells was killed less than two weeks after she celebrated her birthday.
Many of her relatives were too grief stricken to talk yesterday. However, Wells’ mother Tsia Bethel said her daughter was special.
“She saw beauty in everything, even in the ugly things,” said Bethel as tears streamed down her face.
Too emotional to finish the conversation, Bethel held her head and cried.
Wells’ friends described her as a “free spirit”, who loved to have fun.
Investigators said Wells died en route to hospital less than 30 minutes after she was shot.
Police were still trying to determine whether she was the intended target of the gunman who ended her life.
Assistant Superintendent Solomon Cash, officer in charge of the homicide division at the Central Detective Unit (CDU), told The Nassau Guardian yesterday that police were trying to establish the motive for the shooting.
According to police, Wells and two men were at the intersection of Pine Crest Drive and Poinciana Avenue around 2:30 p.m. when a heavily tinted silver Honda Civic approached the black Honda Accord they were riding in.
Cash said one of the men in the Civic fired several shots at the car.
Wells was shot several times in her back and the driver was shot in his shoulder, police said.
The driver managed to make it to the South Beach Police Station.
Officers called for medical assistance but Wells died a short time later, police said.
The driver was released from hospital yesterday.
Police initially reported that the driver was in critical condition. However, police later said his injuries were not life threatening.
The second man in the car was not injured, according to police.
Police have interviewed both men but are still appealing to people who may have information on the shooting to contact them at 911, 919, or CDU at 502-9991.