MIAMI (WSVN) - Five people, including a teenager, have been discharged with non-life-threatening injuries after they came under fire at an intersection in Miami, said police.
City of Miami Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the drive-by shooting near U.S. 1 and Southwest 22nd Avenue, early Sunday morning.
“There was a vehicle that pulled up alongside them on U.S. 1 and began shooting at them,” said Miami Police Officer Kenia Fallat.
Investigators said six people, between the age range of 17 to early 20s, were inside a Nissan sedan that was heading northbound when someone in another vehicle opened fire at around 2:30 a.m.
“We know it’s a vehicle that pulled up alongside them. I don’t have a make or model,” said Fallat.
Detectives said five occupants inside the Nissan were struck by gunfire.
“This could have taken a turn for the worst,” said Fallat. “We have five wounded victims; they’re all expected to survive.”
The driver of the Nissan drove the wounded passengers to the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
“These young adults are going to survive, but this could’ve been a completely different story. We definitely do know that detectives are working very hard to see if there are any cameras that caught the shooting from the beginning all the way to the end,” said Fallat.
Fallat said the motorist made a pit stop before arriving at the hospital.
“The driver of the victims’ vehicle drove to a different location and dropped off one of the young ladies,” she said. “She, in panic, immediately called 911, and that was when she was transported via Miami Fire Rescue to Jackson Memorial Hospital.”
The driver dropped off the fifth person at her home. She would call 911. A woman was asking her questions as she was loaded into a rescue unit.
“I don’t know. I ducked, mom. I ducked,” said the victim. “Do you think I would look if I got shot at?”
7News cameras captured the bullet-riddled car outside the hospital.
Back at the scene of the shooting, officers shut down U.S. 1 for hours as they searched for evidence. They found several shell casings.
There is no word on a motive, as police continue their investigation.
“We are not discarding anything. It could very well be road rage; it could be, maybe they knew each other,” said Fallat.
The intersection has since reopened to traffic.
Detectives ask anyone who witnessed the incident or anything related to it to come forward.
“We are asking anyone that may have additional information to please call us,” said Fallat.
If you have any information on this drive-by shooting, call City of Miami Police or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.
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