MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - Police are asking for the public’s help in their search for a man who, they said, opened fire in a busy section of South Beach, sending a woman and two men to the hospital.
Investigators said they are looking for 24-year-old Keshawn McLean. He is wanted for attempted murder.
According to Miami Beach Police, some sort of argument led to the shooting outside The Licking Restaurant along the 700 block of Washington Street, at around 8:45 p.m., Sunday.
“The preliminary information leads us to believe there was an exchange of gunfire,” said Miami Beach Police Officer Ernesto Rodriguez.
Monday morning, cellphone video was released showing the end of the altercation. Men are seen shouting at each other, and seconds later, one of them is seen raising a gun and firing seven shots.
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Monday afternoon, city leaders and Miami Beach Police Chief Richard Clements addressed the violent incident at a news conference.
“[The suspect] decided to go ahead and deal with that disturbance by taking a firearm out and utilizing that to go ahead and hurt three people,” said Clements as he held up a blown-up picture of McLean.
Cellphone video shows people inside The Licking, a popular soul food spot, as they ducked and searched for a place to hide as gunshots rang out.
“We just heard the shooting, saw the crowd disperse,” said tourist Brad Richardson.
Surveillance video captured people running past a shop as a manager locked the front door, waiting for police to arrive.
“Officers on the scene within seconds of this call,” said Rodriguez.
Responding officers found good Samaritans attempting to help two victims suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.
Shortly after, police said, officers located the third victim near the scene.
“Three people were shot, two with actual gunshot wounds. The third patient … was grazed by a bullet,” said Rodriguez.
“We stayed a couple blocks away until the police came and until it was safe to come back to our Airbnb,” said Richardson.
7News cameras captured a heavy police presence and evidence markers on the roadway and sidewalk.
Paramedics transported the male victims to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center. One of the men was initially listed in critical condition, but they are both currently listed in stable condition.
Officials said the woman was grazed by a bullet. She was taken to Mount Sinai Medical Center in stable condition.
Police said crime scene investigators located at least two types of shell casings at the scene, and that has led them to believe there was an exchange of gunfire.
Police on Monday released a picture of McLean. They urge members of the public who come in contact with him to call 911, as he is considered armed and dangerous.
“People like this walking our streets don’t make it safe,” said Clements. “We need to do a better job, and we’re going to do a better job.”
Investigators said they are searching for a dark-colored SUV in connection to the shooting.
“We’ll be looking at technology to help us with this investigation, and that’ll include license plate readers, city surveillance cameras, as well as any possible witnesses in the area with cellphone video,” said Miami Beach Police Officer Ernesto Rodriguez.
“Definitely terrifying, but you have to kind of rehearse these things mentally just to be prepared. Not necessarily paranoid but prepared,” said Richardson.
If you have any information on this shooting or McLean’s 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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