1 Dead, 7 Injured in Miami Beach Shootings - NBC 6 South Florida

1 Dead, 7 Injured in Miami Beach Shootings

Three officers injured in wild series of early morning shootings



    Shootings Raise Concerns Over Urban Beach Weekend

    A shootout on the streets of South Beach turns deadly, with police saying they were forced to fire on a suspect. (Published Tuesday, May 31, 2011)

    One person was killed and seven others -- including three police officers -- were injured in a series of early morning Memorial Day shootings in South Beach, police said.

    The first shooting happened shortly before 4 a.m. after police opened fire on a car in the area of Collins Avenue and 15th Street.

    Police said the car had been involved in an earlier crash with a police car, and that the driver had hit several cars and had tried to hit officers.

    The driver of the car was killed, police said. Authorities said they're trying to determine whether the man had fired any gunshots.

    Four innocent bystanders were injured in the shooting and were taken to Ryder Trauma Center, Miami Beach Police said. Their injuries and conditions are unknown.

    Two Miami Beach officers and an officer from Hialeah were taken to Mount Sinai Medical Center. Police said none of the officers were seriously injured..

    A video posted Monday to YouTube titled "Miami Beach Shooting - Memorial Day weekend 2011" appears to capture the shooting, though police have yet to confirm its authenticity. The video was later removed from YouTube.

    The second shooting took place around 5:15 a.m. just blocks away from the first in the area of 14th Street and Washington Avenue.

    Miami Beach Police said in that incident, a female officer opened fire on a car that was headed in her direction. No one was injured in that shooting, police said.

    Officers from multiple agencies were on patrol Sunday night as crowds descended on South Beach for Urban Beach Weekend, police said.

    Police were still investigating at least four different scenes throughout South Beach Monday morning.