BY CHARLES RABIN, crabin@MiamiHerald.com
Hialeah police on Wednesday called a shooting a day earlier in a residential neighborhood a “double-murder suicide,” with no known motive.
Police believe that before Juan Carlos Hernandez, 46, took his own life with a bullet, he shot and killed his wife Onelia Canales, 43, and her daughter Jennifer Cordero, 16, in the family’s home at 581 W. 40th Pl.
“There is no documented history of domestic disturbances nor domestic violence involving this family or this location,” Sgt. Eddie Rodriguez wrote in a brief statement.
It took a while for cops to release information on the incident, which caught the pubic’s attention at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, after someone called 911 to inform police something was going on at the home.
When police arrived, the found the beige ranch house with five front barred windows, and a barred front entrance to the doorway resembling a small jail cell. They couldn’t get in.
So police contacted Hialeah Fire Rescue, which was able to pry a back door open. After entering the home police confirmed one dead body was inside, then exited. Before reentering police sought a warrant from a judge.
Between the time of the initial entrance and 10 p.m. when the police entered and the warrant had been executed, police were reluctant to mention any other fatalities. It wasn’t clear Wednesday whether they were aware of the two other victims inside the home until reentering at night.
A large crowd gathered by the home after word spread of the shooting Tuesday. Even Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez and Police Chief Sergio Velazquez made appearances, but declined comment.
Records show the home was purchased in December.
El Nuevo Herald reporter Enrique Flor contributed to this report.