While driving in Miami Lakes, passengers in Chevy are shot

07/06/2012 5:00 AM

07/07/2012 8:52 PM

Three people were shot as they were driving in Miami Lakes Friday night.

Seeking help, the driver pulled his Chevy Impala onto the Palmetto Expressway and headed east. Seeing a Florida Highway Patrol trooper attending to a fender-bender, the driver pulled over and said the group had been shot and needed help.

The passenger window of the Chevy was blasted with at least one bullet hole, said FHP spokesman Tom Pikul.

The bizarre scene shut down the eastbound lanes of the Palmetto Expressway at Northwest 17th Avenue.

Detective Alvaro Zabaleta, a Miami-Dade police spokesman, said the incident unfolded in Miami Lakes on Northwest 167th Street, just west of 57th Avenue. The victims suddenly heard gunshots and saw the glass of the car windows shatter. The driver, Zabaleta said, took off toward the Palmetto Expressway out of fear, then came across the FHP trooper.

The three injured people — reportedly two men and a woman — were airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital at 9:04 p.m., according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

The car carrying the wounded people remained on the shoulder of the road, its hazard lights flashing as Miami-Dade police investigated.

As of Saturday night, police have not released the victims’ names, but say the age range of the victims is between 25 and 40 years old. Investigators do not have any suspects yet, but are looking into any possible motives for the shooting.

Miami Herald staff writer Alexandra Leon contributed to this report.

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