MIAMI (WSVN) - Police are searching for two men who, they said, robbed three people having their car battery replaced in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood, Monday afternoon, leading one of the subjects to open fire and sending one victim to the hospital.
According to City of Miami Police, the victims, two men and a woman, had finished lunch in the area of 97 N.W. 54th St. when they realized their car wouldn’t start.
The victims called AAA, and while their car battery was being changed, police said, they were approached by two young men in all-dark clothing, just after 4 p.m.
Investigators said one of the subjects pulled out a gun. “A struggle of some sort ensued, and the firearm went off, and one of the three victims ended up getting shot,” said Miami Police Officer Rene Pimentel.
Police said the subjects fled on foot northbound on Northwest First Avenue. Officers set up a perimeter but were unable to locate the pair.
Rescue crews took the male victim to Jackson Memorial Hospital with a gunshot to the abdomen. He underwent surgery and is listed in critical but stable condition.
Back at the scene of the shooting, police set up a perimeter. 7News cameras captured crime scene investigators examining the car.
Police suspect the subjects also took a gun that the victim was carrying with him when he was shot. “We were not able to apprehend them,” said Pimentel. “We do suspect that the victim, who was carrying a gun at the time, that they also took his gun.”
If you have any information on their 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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