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Man injured in police-involved shooting at Aventura Mall

One person was hospitalized and a busy mall parking garage turned into a crime scene after a police-in-volved shooting at the Aventura Mall on Saturday.

Police spokesman Chris Goranitis said the shooting happened shortly after 4:30 p.m. in the parking garagenear JCPenney. Officers were responding to a report of a man driving around in a black Mustang pointing a firearm at another motorist in what police described as a case of road rage.

Officers spotted the Mustang on a road along the north side of JCPenney, Goranitis said. But when they approached the car, the man ran. Officers followed him into the garage. Goranitis said the person, a male, pointed the weapon at the officers and what followed was "an exchange of rounds between officers and the subject."

The man was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood. The officers were not hurt.

A weapon was recovered from the scene. Neither the names of the officers nor the name of the man whowas shot were released.

The shooting came on a normally busy day for retailers -- the first one after Christmas.

After the shooting, visitors who parked in the garage were forced to wait while the incident was being investigated, the roadway and garage entrance blocked off by police.

Later, officers began escorting drivers back to their cars.

In May of last year, a man opened fire on a woman in another Aventura Mall parking lot, injuring the womanand killing himself.

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