Police investigate suspicious car fire in Miami

MIAMI (WSVN) - Police are investigating a suspicious crash after finding two cars fully engulfed in flames, Friday morning, near a Miami high school.

According to officials, they initially received a call of shots fired near an apartment building in the area of Northwest 17th Avenue and 39th Street, near Miami Jackson Senior High School.

Upon their arrival, rescue crews found two mangled vehicles up in flames. Officials later determined this was a three-car crash investigation. The third vehicle, however, has not yet been located.

Traffic Homicide Investigators worked alongside SWAT detectives after the calls came in regarding the shooting. The first 911 call came in around 4 a.m.

Investigators found bullet casings at the scene.

Miami Police said the shooting and the car crash are now being investigated as two different cases. They have not said if there is any connection between the two as yet.

Both vehicles have been removed from the scene.

The owner of one of the cars said he was getting ready for work at the time of the fire, and was shocked when he walked outside to find the damage. “Initially, they wouldn’t let me leave. They said, ‘Oh, no, this whole area is blocked,'” said Harry Puron, “and then I talked to them, ‘Hey, you know, I’m parked on the side,’ and they were like, ‘Oh, well, are you the owner of the Jeep that’s parked next door?’ and I was like ‘Yeah, I am,’ and they took me to the side, and they explained, and then they brought me there and showed me what happened.”

Pieces from one of the cars were found by a broken down fence that is part of Miami Jackson Senior High.

Police said no victims were found inside of either vehicle. According to witnesses, two men were seen fleeing the scene.

7News was there when three men walked up to the scene, wanting to speak with detectives. Their connection to the crime scene is unknown.

Police had shutdown 17th Avenue, between Northwest 38th Street and 40th Street. It has since reopened.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

If you have any information on what happened here, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.

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