Police: Road rage likely sparked shooting that hurt 1

MIAMI (WSVN) - New video has surfaced of what police are calling a “possible road rage shooting” in Miami, Tuesday afternoon.

Miami Police responded to the scene of the shooting on the south end of the Northwest 12th Avenue Bridge, near Eighth Street, Tuesday afternoon.

Investigators said the incident involved the drivers of a gray Chevy SUV and a light colored pickup truck. “Both the drivers were traveling southbound on Northwest 12th Avenue from Northwest Seventh Street, at which point in time, according to witnesses, both vehicles stopped,” said Miami Police Officer Christopher Bess.

According to a police source, the man in the pickup truck got out of his vehicle and approached the SUV while holding a long screwdriver-type tool. Inside the SUV, the driver opened fire with the window rolled up, shooting the man several times.

The victim, who was later identified as Ciro Iglesias, was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital with multiple bullet wounds. He has undergone surgery and is listed in critical condition.

On Wednesday, Iglesias underwent surgery. According to officials, he is expected to recover.

Police released a video, Wednesday, recorded by a nearby surveillance camera that captured the road rage incident that led up to the shooting.

Witness John Long said he took cover with his son when the road rage incident escalated only a few feet away from his business.

Long said he wanted to help Iglesias after he got shot but was too afraid, since the armed man was still present on the scene.

“He was moaning and asking for help,” said Long. “He was on the ground saying, ‘Help me, help me.'”

7Skyforce HD flew over the bridge, which was closed to traffic, Tuesday, as officers took a man in a blue T-shirt into custody for questioning at the Miami Police Bureau in Downtown Miami, at around 1:30 p.m.

The Chevy SUV could be seen with the driver’s side window blown out. In front of the vehicle was a pool of blood.

A gun could be seen on the dashboard of the gray SUV that was involved in the incident, on the southbound lanes of Northwest 12th Avenue.

The weapon startled Long, who was relieved to hear sirens.

“The guy was in the passenger side of his car rifling around, and we thought, ‘Hey, he’s kind of looking right at us. Maybe he’s going to do something else,” Long said, “but we didn’t know what he was gonna do, so we called 911 and pulled the door down, actually.”

A boy wearing a red polo short was seen with a woman at the scene of the incident as they were accompanied by a responding officer. Police did not reveal what their relationship is to the men involved in the shooting, but Danny Riera said his employer was involved in the shooting, and he had brought that man’s wife to the scene.

“She’s doing all right. She’s hanging in there. I just don’t know exactly what’s going on,” said Riera. “I just got the news, and I brought her over here.”

When asked whether the wife could comment on the incident, Riera said, “She doesn’t want to talk at all.”

Riera added that his employer is not the kind of person known for losing his temper.

A lawyer for the unnamed family said her client is in police custody.

A woman who was pumping gas at a nearby gas station said road rage tends to lead to unfortunate outcomes. “It’s crazy. People shouldn’t carry guns. It’s crazy,” she said. “Nowadays, you have to just let people by and just let them be.”

The 12th Avenue Bridge remained closed in both directions, just north of Northwest Seventh Street, for hours. It reopened at around 9:30 p.m., when the vehicles were finally towed away.

Officials said no charges have been filed. Police continue to investigate whether Iglesias had a screwdriver-like tool.

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