Man fatally shot outside of probation office in Miami Gardens

MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) - Police and fire rescue crews responded to a shooting that left a man dead outside of a Miami Gardens probation office.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded to a parking lot outside of the Florida Department of Correction’s Probation & Parole Services office, located in the area of Northwest 37th Avenue and 167th Street at around 9:30 a.m., Wednesday.

“That [expletive] said, ‘Boom, boom, boom, boom,” a witness said in a cellphone video posted to Facebook. “There’s a bad shootout that happened at the probation office.”

Police said the victim, later identified as 33-year-old Prince Taylor, was not an employee at the probation office, and he was the intended target of the shooters.

Surveillance video from a nearby business showed a vehicle pulling up to the parking lot before two men hopped out and opened fire on a white Chevrolet Tahoe SUV.

Smoke from the gunfire is clearly visible in the video.

“They shooting in broad daylight, y’all. Broad daylight,” the witness said.

7News cameras captured officers near the Tahoe with bullet holes in the windshield as well as evidence markers all around the vehicle.

At least one other vehicle could be seen with bullet holes.

Leisi Herrera said she spotted a bullet hole in the wall of the building during her visit to the office.

“I mean, it gets me scared because I have a baby myself,” she said. “It’s just … I don’t know what’s the killing. Why people just wanna kill for what?”

A group of people, likely the victim’s family, gathered near the scene visibly distraught.

Bryon Webb, who works nearby, said he never expected the shooting to happen outside the probation office.

“You see the holes all by the door,” Webb said.

Authorities said three men fled from the scene and headed northbound on 37th Avenue in a dark silver Nissan Rogue. One of the men inside was last seen wearing a black ski mask and black clothes.

Surveillance video from a nearby business captured the fleeing Rogue leaving the scene.

The probation office has since reopened.

Investigators have not released a possible motive for the shooting.

The SUV has since towed away and police have cleared the scene.

If you have any information on this fatal shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.

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