Armed carjacking, shooting ends in crash in Homestead

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Two people were injured Thursday morning after a carjacking and shooting in Florida City ended in a car crash in Homestead, authorities confirmed.

According to Homestead police, a suspect carjacked a man outside the Dollar General at 580 W. Palm Drive in Florida City and shot at the victim before taking off with his car. Police said the victim was not hit.

They have identified the suspect as 18-year-old Raul Perez.

Authorities said the Perez then fled the scene in the red car and encountered Homestead police officers, which led to a short pursuit.

The suspect then crashed into two vehicles at the intersection of Southwest 187th Avenue and 312th Street, injuring both himself and someone in one of the other cars.

One of the vehicles ended up smashing against a light pole, knocking out power in the area.

Authorities said Perez and victim were airlifted to Jackson South Medical Center, where Perez is listed in critical condition. The other person is in stable condition.

A witness told Local 10 News reporter Madeleine Wright that the red car ran a red light and broadsided a black car.

The driver of a third vehicle, a gray pickup truck, was reportedly on her way to drop her two kids off at school and complained of neck pain in the aftermath of the collision.

Police said a weapon was recovered at the scene of the crash.


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