Three victims have been identified by Miami-Dade police in the shooting on a Miami Lakes roadway Friday night. However, the shooter remains at large.
Police said Alexander Jiron, 30, was driving east on 167th Street approaching Northwest 57th Avenue at around 9 p.m. when his car was sprayed with bullets wounding three passengers in his car. They were identified as Michael Cordero, 33, Juan Salgado, 50, and Jasmine Smith, 30.
All three victims were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital. Jiron, the driver, was not hurt.
Jiron told police that he didn’t see where the shots came from, but when the windshield, front right and rear right windows of his 2006 blue Chevy Impala were instantly shattered, he drove toward the Palmetto Expressway out of fear and headed east, seeking help.
Jiron then called 911 and was told to pull over on the expressway to wait for a rescue unit. He pulled over on the left shoulder of the expressway where a Florida Highway Patrol trooper was attending to a fender-bender. Police arrived on the scene shortly thereafter.
Cordero, shot in the left shoulder, was taken to Jackson by a Miami-Dade Fire Rescue unit. Smith, wounded in the abdomen, and Salgado, who had multiple gunshot wounds, were airlifted to Jackson. Smith and Salgado were discharged on Saturday; Jackson Memorial was waiting to get consent from family members to talk about Cordero’s condition.
The incident remains under investigation. No suspects have been identified. The shooting shut down the eastbound lanes of the Palmetto Expressway at Northwest 17th Avenue Friday night for about an hour.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.