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Several people in custody after police in Miami respond to report of shots fired inside condo building

MIAMI – Police are investigating a shooting in the City of Miami that put nearby buildings on lockdown.

A report of shots fired was received by authorities shortly after 2 p.m. in the area of Northeast 17th Street and Bayshore Drive.

A large police presence was seen outside of several buildings in that area, and some neighborhood residents told Local 10 News they heard what sounded like gunshots earlier in the afternoon.

Miami police spokeswoman, Officer Kiara Delva, confirmed in an email to Local 10 News that a group of people were inside an elevator at the Opera Tower condominium building at 1750 N. Bayshore Drive.

She said an argument ensued as the elevator doors opened on the third floor between the group inside the elevator and some other people on the other side of the elevator.

“One of the individuals which was inside of the elevator exited, and walked toward one of the subjects in an aggressive manner,” Delva said. "Shortly thereafter, the individual who exited the elevator immediately returned in a concealing manner as if he was being shot at, at which point in time the subject exchanged gunfire."

No injuries have been reported, however, Delva said casings and a gun were found at the scene.

Upon arrival, police said they were notified of a car fleeing the area.

Cellphone video obtained by Local 10 shows officers running after a dark-colored sedan, and then removing the people inside the vehicle after stopping it.

Police confirmed that several people were taken into custody for questioning.

Authorities also said another man tried to flee and ran into a nearby parking garage, where he was taken into custody. No arrests have been made.

A man who told police he was almost shot is working with detectives.


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