MIAMI (WSVN) - Two people have been transported to the hospital after a shooting in Miami.
City of Miami Police and Fire Rescue units responded to a ShotSpotter alert in the area of Northwest 17th Street and First Place at around 6 a.m., Wednesday.
Authorities said a man was shot in the stomach area and a woman was shot in the back and shoulder.
“There was no vocals. There was just shots,” one witness said. “I was like, ‘Maybe somebody’s just shooting to shoot,’ but then the second set went off, and I was like, ‘No, that was a concentrated shot. Somebody’s actually aiming at something shooting.'”
Both victims were transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center with injuries believed to be not life-threatening.
Police continue to search for the shooter.
“We believe, primarily, that this involves narcotics, drug dealing, potentially,” said Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo. “I think this is a, once again, indication of the firearms in our community and the lack of respect people have.”
On Wednesday, Acevedo spoke about the recent shootings in the city, saying his department has a plan to do something about it.
“This is once again an indication of a proliferation of firearms in our community and the lack of respect the people have,” he said. “You know, we’ve been having a lot of shootings here recently, and we’ve been in discussions, Alfredo Freddy Ramirez from Miami-Dade, myself and other chiefs, and I can assure this community that we’ll be doing some additional things in the upcoming days, weeks and months through the summer to deal with this gun violence.”
One of these measures, he said, is working with local businesses so they have access to their surveillance videos around the city.
“The city can’t afford to put a camera everywhere, even though I know that they would love to,” he said, “but we can leverage that partnership with the private sector.”
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