1 dead in police-involved shooting
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- Authorities are investigating multiple shootings that left one dead and several bystanders injured on South Beach.
Police said two shootings occurred on Collins Avenue, between 13th Street and 14th Street, and another occurred on Washington Avenue and 14th Street, early Monday morning.
Police said the first shooting happened around 4 a.m. Exclusive home video shows police firing on a black Mercedes that came to a complete stop after crashing into several vehicles on the street. Miami Beach Police Chief Carlos Noriega said, "Several vehicles along the way were struck by the offender, countless vehicles at this point, as well as erratic driving and reckless driving on sidewalks, and I believe he struck one individual officer as well."
Police have confirmed that the subject inside that vehicle was fatally shot. Officers said they were forced to fire because they were faced with deadly force, since the suspect was using the vehicle as a deadly weapon against police.
Officials said four innocent bystanders were shot and transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. According to police, three officers also suffered minor injuries.
Another shooting occurred about an hour later. According to Miami Beach Police, a driver tried to run over several police officers. "That individual, with preliminary information, came directly at several officers, a couple corrections officers, and the officer fired a weapon," said Noriega.
The driver was arrested. No one was injured in this particular incident.
Officials said large crowds of people celebrating Memorial Day weekend were in the street when the shots rang out. Party-goers panicked and crowds dispersed as they ran and sought shelter behind buildings. "We were just walking, going to our hotel, we saw a drive-by going by. We ducked down," one witness said. "The police came out with their guns, and they started shooting."
According to city officials, they are constantly considering ways to make Memorial Day weekend safe for the hundreds of thousands who take to the beach. "There have been some concerns about Memorial Day weekend in general and what it does to our city. Every year, we reconsider the weekend and take a look at how we can make it a better and safer weekend, and we will do the same thing again for this year," said Miami Beach City Manager Jorge Gonzalez.
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