3 hospitalized after shooting in Opa-locka; 3 at large

OPA-LOCKA, FLA. (WSVN) - Police are searching for three people believed responsible for a shooting near an apartment complex in Opa-locka that sent two men and a teenage boy to the hospital.

Opa-locka Police, Miami-Dade Police and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units responded to calls about a shooting in the area of Northwest 135th Street and 30th Avenue, just before 9:30 p.m., Saturday.

Officials said the first responding officer who arrived at the scene saw one of the victims running toward him. While that was happening, at least one of the male subjects opened fire in the direction of the officer, but the law enforcer was not hurt.

Officials said the victims are 27, 26 and 16 years old. Two of them suffered traumatic injuries and were airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital. The third victim was transported by ground to JMH with injuries that were not life-threatening.

K-9 units went door-to-door in search for the shooter and the other two subjects. It remains unknown whether the trio is hiding at a nearby apartment unit or were able to flee on foot.

“We are going, we’re checking, we have K9 out to see if we can find a weapon,” said Opa-locka Police Chief James Dobson. “That’s the first thing, is to try to find a weapon ’cause we don’t want to leave the area and a weapon or something like that not be secure. Secondly, we’re gonna go knock on doors to see if anyone saw anything, heard anything, if we have any witnesses or anything like that.”

While officers continued their search, officials said, there was a burglary in process at a nearby store. Officials believe the perpetrators took advantage of the large police presence at the scene in the hopes they would go unnoticed. However, they were taken into custody.

Police did not provide a description of the gunman but said that, based on the rounds found on the ground, the weapon used in the shooting was an AK-47 rifle.

Sunday afternoon, Dobson said, all three victims are listed in stable condition.

If you have any information on this shooting or the subjects’ whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.

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