BMW believed to have been used during Miami Beach shooting found in Miami

1 shot in head, 1 grazed by bullet early Monday


MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – A BMW believed to have been used during the shooting of two taxi passengers in Miami Beach early Monday was found in the city of Miami, detectives said.

Miami Beach police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez said the vehicle was found near Northwest Second Avenue and 62nd Street.

No arrests have been made.

Police said the shooting was reported just after 3 a.m. Monday in the area of Pine Tree Drive and West 40th Street.

The cab driver told investigators that four men in a red BMW convertible shot at his car several times and took off.

"He just looked at the two guys in the back of my car and he started firing," taxi driver Ronald Exhantus said. "I tried to take off, because once he fired I tried to protect myself. I tried to protect them (the passengers) too, but I kept driving (and) he kept shooting."

One of the passengers was shot in the head and the other was grazed by a bullet. Both are expected to be OK. The cab driver was not injured.

It is unclear whether the victims knew the gunmen, but detectives said they believe that the men were targeted because the shooters never aimed at the taxi driver.

Exhantus also told Local 10 News that he believes that the victims knew the gunmen because one of them saw the BMW pull up and said, "Oh, damn, it's him."

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami Beach police or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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