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1 killed, 1 injured in Opa-locka shooting, police say

Detectives search for dark-colored dually pickup truck

OPA-LOCKA, Fla. – Detectives were searching for a dually dark pickup truck late Thursday night after a shooting left one man dead and another seriously injured in Opa-locka. 

Witnesses said they saw the victim's white Nissan Maxima speeding southbound on Northwest 27th Avenue before coming under the hail of gun fire near Ali Baba Avenue. The victim’s car crashed into a second vehicle. Investigators said the man and the child inside were not hurt. 

"It sounded like a high-caliber weapon, and when I came out, I saw one person on the floor and the other car had already hit another car," Zain Maniar said. 

Opa-locka Police Chief James Dobson said one person was pronounced dead at the scene. The Opa-Locka Police Department later requested the assistance of the Miami-Dade Police Department's homicide bureau, to assume the lead role in the investigation.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said the other victim was at Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center in critical condition.

A witness' cell phone video shows the chaos and paramedics rushing one of the two men to the hospital in critical condition. The second man was found dead inside the car.

Loved ones were at the scene distraught. Detective Lee Cowart said they’re searching for a third vehicle which may belong to the shooter. 

Authorities were asking anyone with information to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.


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