Man shot in buttocks at Calle Ocho Festival unaware he was wounded

 

By mcaceres@MiamiHerald.com

A Calle Ocho festivalgoer wounded in the buttocks Sunday afternoon by an unknown gunman in the crowd at first did not realize he was bleeding, Miami police said.

The shooting occurred around 4:30 p.m. as the man walked along Southwest Eighth Street and 11th Avenue, part of the throng of revelers who gather annually at the street festival in Little Havana.

It’s unclear if something sparked the violence between the two men, or if the shooting was unprovoked.

At first the victim did not realize he had been shot and kept strolling along the festival route. “He discovered later that he was bleeding and then passed out,” said Miami police spokesman Sgt. Freddie Cruz.

The victim, who was hit in the left buttocks, was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he is in stable condition and expected to recover. No one else was injured in the incident.

No arrests have been made.

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