Surveillance video shows gunman sought after shooting outside pizzeria in Miami-Dade

NORTH MIAMI, Fla. – North Miami police asked for the public’s help Friday identifying a suspect that was caught on camera firing multiple gunshots outside of a pizza restaurant earlier this month.

Police said they responded to a shooting around 12:30 a.m., on March 15, at Steve’s Pizza, located at 12101 Biscayne Blvd.

Officials released surveillance video of a man wearing a dark blue hoodie entering the restaurant and appearing to be looking for someone.

The video shows the suspect walking around other dining customers and then pulling out a gun before exiting the business and then firing several rounds at another person.

A patron wearing red and others were caught on camera taking notice of the suspect before making a run for it out the door.

More surveillance footage shows two men ducking and crawling toward their white parked car before the shooter fired off multiple gunshots.

Jesse Valinsky, the owner of Steve’s Pizza, said he rushed to the restaurant minutes after the shots were fired.

“I was here right away; I live very close. Already police had everything blocked off,” Valinsky said. “Our customers and our employees were very shaken up.”

Authorities said no one was injured in the shooting but are asking the public to help identify the shooter.

“There were a lot of people in there. Someone saw something, someone heard something,” said North Miami Police Major Kessler Brooks. “Even if you think what you saw or heard isn’t vital to the investigation, it would really help us solidify the case.”

Valinsky hopes anyone with information comes forward to help police.

“My family’s been doing business here almost 50 years. We’ve seen a lot of crazy stuff on the Boulevard, but nothing like this before,” he said.

Anyone who can provide information on the suspect’s whereabouts is urged to contact Detective K. Warren at 305-891-8111 or Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

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