NORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) - Three people had to be taken to the hospital after a drive-by shooting in North Miami.
North Miami Police and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the area of Northeast Sixth Avenue and 132nd Street at around 7 p.m., Tuesday.
“This is a unique case. There were numerous shots,” North Miami Police Commander Kessler Brooks said. “I’d be making stuff up if I told you how many. However, there were many shots exchanged. Some of them went into that house that you saw earlier and others went into vehicles, but we’re still counting the amount of rounds that were exchanged.”
According to fire rescue, two adult patients were transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center in unknown condition. A third person made it to North Shore Medical Center but had to be moved to Aventura Hospital.
Police said the shooting appears to be a drive-by. Neighbors who declined an on-camera interview said they heard three straight minutes of gunfire.
“I hear, ‘Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom,'” said one neighbor. “I was afraid to come outside to check to see. Then I see ambulance, I see a lot of police cars. I was living in this house since 1989, that’s the first time I see that for my life.”
Neighbors who did an on-camera interview likened the shooting to a war zone.
“At least counting, like, six, and then you’re done, or maybe nine or 10, and that’s it. But then it just kept going and kept going and kept going,” said Kris, whose house was shot at. “How is it possible that we have people shooting as if we’re in a war zone?”
A car caught in the crossfire slammed into another home, leading to a complicated crime scene, but authorities said they are working on the investigation.
“There were multiple subjects holding an array of weapons with long shotguns or small handguns, and there were shots exchanged between two parties,” Brooks said.
A nearby house and several vehicles, including a crashed sedan, were found with bullet holes. 7News cameras captured some officers crawling through a broken window.
Police do not believe any innocent people were struck by gunfire.
The ages of the people involved in the shooting are not yet known.
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