Man hospitalized after shootout at SWMD Burger King

SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - A man was hospitalized and later taken into custody with two others after, officials said, shots were fired outside a Burger King in Southwest Miami-Dade, Tuesday afternoon.

According to Miami-Dade Police, an altercation between three patrons led to a shootout in the parking lot of the restaurant, located at 11595 SW 40 St., shortly before 1 p.m.

“I come here at night with my children. I just came from Publix, and it’s incredible to know that could happen at any time — especially during the day,” said one man.

Two suspects, identified as 20-year-old Daniel Rodriguez and 26-year-old Enrique Santana, entered the restaurant and “engaged in disorderly and disrespectful behavior,” according to police.

On their way out of the restaurant, the two men exchanged words with 59-year-old Jorge Rodriguez, who was standing outside.

Police said Rodriguez and Santana got into their vehicle and brandished a firearm at Rodriguez, who retrieved his own gun from his vehicle. Shots were fired as the two younger suspects circled the parking lot.

7Skyforce HD hovered over the scene where a dark Volkswagen sedan could be seen parked in the middle of Bird Road with its doors open and window shattered.

Jorge was rushed to Kendall Regional Medical Center with a laceration to his back. He was later released. All three were arrested.

“Good. At least they caught him,” said one woman.

Bird Road was shut down until 8 p.m. while police investigated the scene.

The two suspects are set to make a bond court appearance sometime Wednesday.

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