Coral Gables

Cops: Halloween shooting of man, woman in Coral Gables was a carjacking

The shooting occurred around 10 p.m. on Saturday at 400 Avenue Rosaro.
The shooting occurred around 10 p.m. on Saturday at 400 Avenue Rosaro.

The Halloween night shooting of two people on Rosaro Avenue in Coral Gables, not far from Ponce de Leon Middle School, was a carjacking, police said Monday.

Two people were shot, a man and a woman. Both were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital. Their condition is unknown.

Police continue to search for a black, 2007 Infiniti G35, which they say was commandeered by five teenagers ages 17 to 19. Two of them are female, the other three male, police said.

On Monday, police were still keeping mum, concerned going public with any information might mess up an investigation.

Police and some residents living near where the incident took place, said the shooting happened just before 10 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of Rosaro and Mendez Avenue.

“When we arrived [home], we found the entire area with police tape,” said one resident who only gave his first name as Silvio.

Alfredo Lopez Gomez and his wife said they heard the gunshots, then looked out their window and saw a body in the middle of the intersection in front of their home. They said they heard three or four shots.

“We saw the man lying in the middle of the street. The woman was about twenty or thirty meters from him, and both were bleeding,” said Gomez. “At least six patrols arrived, closed the street and took the wounded in two vehicles.”

Coral Gables police, who are asking for the public’s help in solving the crime, say the Infiniti had a Miami Heat logo on it and the license plate number L53TB. The vehicle has dark windows and a green parking sticker on the rear window.

“A huge blood stain was seen in the middle of the street, where the man was lying,” Gomez said. “It's the first time something like this happens in our streets. We moved here about two years ago and have never had a problem.”

Gomez said the shooting happened long after neighborhood kids stopped trick and treating.

Police have asked some residents for video surveillance footage. Anyone with information should contact Coral Gables Police at 305-442-1600.