1 dead, 1 wounded in South Beach shooting, police say

Authorities say 3 vehicles are possibly connected to incident

By Lisa Hendry - Executive Producer, Roy Ramos - Reporter

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - One man was shot and killed and another was wounded in a shooting early Saturday in Miami Beach, authorities said.

Ernesto Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Miami Beach Police Department, said the shooting happened around 2:45 a.m. in the 200 block of Espanola Way. 

"(When) we left about 4 o'clock, there was a gang of police out," said Miami Beach resident Henry Pryor. "A lot of enforcement (and) crime scene was here."

The first victim, who was not identified, was pronounced dead at the scene. Paramedics transported the second victim to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, where he was listed in stable condition. Rodriguez said he is expected to survive.

"I'm walking by seeing a body in the middle of the street," said Antwuan Starks, a Miami Beach visitor. "I think it's kind of crazy on Miami Beach."

Detectives are now searching for the gunman and suspects are believed to have taken off in three separate vehicles. 

Police said someone in one of the cars was seen carrying a gun as they sped away from officers. 

While police pursued one of the vehicles, two Miami Beach patrol cars were involved in a crash near 91st Street and Harding Avenue. The officers suffered only minor injuries.

"At that point, a vehicle pursuit ensued as well as two of our marked units actually crashed," Rodriguez said. "Thankfully, both officers only suffered minor injuries."

An officer heard the shots and rushed to the scene.  A vehicle possibly linked to the double shooting was located nearby, while a second vehicle was driven away.  During a pursuit, an officer witnessed someone inside that second vehicle display a gun, but the driver got away. 

No arrests have been made.  The Miami Beach Police Department is asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

"We'll work it slowly, methodically, and ensure that those responsible for this crime are ultimately apprehended," Rodriguez said.

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