The first victim was found lying below the palm trees and the blinking glass towers of Miami’s downtown skyline. It was December 21st. At around 8 p.m. a police officer was flagged down by a passerby about a man lying unconscious on the sidewalk. He’d been shot in the head.

The victim was rushed to the hospital, where he fought for his life. But even before investigators could conduct a hospital bed interview, another call came in. Two miles north, law enforcement found the body of Jerome Antonio Price. Five 9mm gunshot wounds crawled up the back of his shirt. He was pronounced dead shortly after 10 p.m.

“Officers quickly connected the two incidents not only because of the short span of time between the two shootings but because both incidents involved victims that were homeless,” Miami Police interim chief Manuel Morales said at a news conference two days later.