Bicyclist dies after being shot on Rickenbacker Causeway

Argument between motorcyclist, bicyclist leads to shooting

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor, Madeleine Wright - Reporter

MIAMI - A bicyclist has died after he was shot Wednesday morning on the Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami police said.

The shooting happened about 6 a.m. on the bridge that connects Miami to the barrier islands of Virginia Key and Key Biscayne across Biscayne Bay.

Miami police Officer Freddie Cruz said a motorcyclist traveling in the same direction as a pack of bicyclists got into an argument with one of the riders when a single shot was fired.

A view from Sky 10 showed paramedics treating the wounded man, who was lying in the middle of the causeway. He was placed in the back of an ambulance and taken to a hospital.

The victim was initially listed in critical condition, but later died at the hospital. 

One person has been detained for questioning, but no arrests have been made.

According to fellow cyclist Lee Marks, the victim and the motorcyclist had been involved in an ongoing feud for about two weeks. 

"There was an ongoing dispute and just two individuals had a disagreement," he said.

Marks said he was unsure what the dispute was about.

"Don't know much except things happen in racing. There are crashes in the sprint. People get heated and I don't know if that was the genesis of it," Marks said.

A video that was posted on Facebook is part of the shooting investigation.

It shows a motorcyclist confronting the bicyclists. An argument can be heard off-camera, followed by a gunshot.

Eastbound traffic was closed during the shooting investigation. Police diverted eastbound traffic into one westbound lane. 

No other information was immediately available.
 

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