Brandishing an AK-47 pistol, a man fired on motorists and law enforcement officers from inside his car on the Palmetto Expressway Monday morning in Miami.
According to Miami-Dade Police Detective Daniel Ferrin, the suspect began firing at passing cars while heading southbound near Northwest 74th Street in a burgundy Toyota Corolla at about 1 a.m., hitting at least two vehicles.
The shooter crashed into a median, then turned his car around and drove northbound into oncoming traffic. After crashing into another wall, the suspect continued to fire at approaching officers from the Miami-Dade Police, Doral Police and Florida Highway Patrol troopers.
The suspect exchanged gunfire with officers, yet eventually surrendered and was detained. It is unclear if the incident began as a conflict between two individuals, or if the gunman was firing at random.
“[It’s] unknown if it was an incident occurring between two individuals or if he was just firing as an active shooter,” Ferrin said.
Hours later, the gunman’s car and other police vehicles remained on the expressway. The front and back windshields of the suspect’s wrecked car were riddled with bullet holes, and bullet casings littered the area.
“As you can tell, it’s a very extensive scene. Many shots were fired,” Ferrin said.
The northbound and southbound lanes of the expressway were closed for hours due to the incident.
Police have not confirmed the gunman’s name or any injuries resulting from the incident, but the Miami Herald obtained photos showing an injured person being treated by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue after the shooting. The victim was shown lying beside a black car in which there was a bullet hole. Ferrin noted that the victim was taken to Kendall Regional Medical Center, and the extent of their injuries is unknown.
Ferrin said that the “quick response of these officers, putting their lives at risk for the community” was one of the reasons that more injuries did not occur.
“It is a miracle,” he said.
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