1 hospitalized after reports of shots fired lead to ‘stampede’ on South Beach

MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - Rescue crews took one person to the hospital after unfounded reports of shots fired in the heart of South Beach on Memorial Day sent panicked revelers running.

Miami Beach Police responded to the scene at around 8:15 p.m., near Ninth Street and Ocean Drive, after receiving reports of shots fired.

Surveillance cameras captured dozens of people running down a street.

Mitch Novick, the owner of the Sherbrooke Hotel on Collins Avenue, described the hectic scene.

“I was standing in Lummus Park with a friend, and the stampede, it was very frightening,” said Novick. “I had to scoop up my dog real quick. She could have been trampled; I could have been trampled. My friend who was on his bike got knocked around.”

Officials said the victim sustained a minor injury during the commotion. That person was transported to Mount Sinai Medical Center for treatment.

In a statement, Miami Beach Police Officer Ernesto Rodriguez said, “Officers canvassed the area and located no gunshot victims nor signs of a shooting.”

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