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Man Shot Outside Local Charity in SW Miami-Dade

Bill Bang, president of Miami Elks Lodge 948, said the violent behavior will not be tolerated

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Police are investigating a shooting that happened outside a local charity in southwest Miami-Dade early Sunday that left a man hospitalized.

The shooting happened outside the Elks Lodge at 10301 Southwest 72nd Street around 12:30 a.m. The man's condition was unknown, according to the Miami-Dade Police Department.

Tony Estevez, who lives next door to Miami Elks Lodge 948, thought the loud bang was a knock at his door. He later learned that shots were fired.

“I didn't think anything wrong of it, but then started seeing the police cars and stuff," said Estevez. 

Bill Bang, president of Miami Elks Lodge 948, said no member or invited guest was involved in the shooting. He said the foundation is "deeply disappointed in the behavior exhibited by uninvited persons in our parking lot early Sunday morning."

The statement went on to describe the Elks' contributions to the community.

"The Elks is a charity that started in 1868 and provides scholarships for students, free in-home physical therapy for over 500 kids a week, we have 37 speech pathologists who provide free therapy to autistic children, we provide free motorized wheelchairs for children, and support for enlisted service men and women, and support for veterans," he said.

"Our lodge has given over $4.25 million dollars to our immediate community." 

Bang said the violent behavior will not be tolerated and that the foundation is fully cooperating with police.

Area residents say the neighborhood is quiet and there haven’t been any major issues at the Lodge.

"They rent it out for events but no, nothing, just kids playing tennis and stuff like that.”

The Miami-Dade Police Department is investigating.

Anyone with tips or information can call Crimestoppers anonymously at 305-471-TIPS.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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