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Eviction notice leads to shooting in South Beach condo
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BY JENNIFER LEBOVICH AND LUISA YANEZ
A man being evicted from a South Beach condominium complex apparently opened fire Monday morning, wounding a locksmith and injuring a Miami-Dade police officer.
Details remained sketchy at noon, but police may have returned the gunfire, striking the man. It’s unclear if he was fatally wounded.
The police officer was apparently injured in the melee that ensued. His injuries did not appear to be serious, WSVN-Channel 7 is reporting.
The shooting took place at 645 Ocean Dr., which remains surrounded by police officers and cars with lights flashing. Traffic in the area has been rerouted as police investigate.
The locksmith, whose name has not been released, was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, according to Javier Otero, assistant Miami Beach fire chief.
Otero did not know the victim’s condition.
The name of the tenant who opened fire has not been released, nor has his condition.
The shooting caused a ruckus in the popular Fifth Street area of South Beach during a tourists-filled week.
Basia Simpson, 21, of Chicago, was sitting at a a nearby deli when she suddenly heard about eight to nine shots, saw people jumping to safety from the building and witnessed a police officer running toward the building with a high-powered weapon.
“I live in Chicago; I’m used to it, but it was just so sudden,” Simpson said.
Miami Herald staffer David Smiley contributed to this report.