Man cruising for prostitutes is shot and critically injured in Hialeah, police say

Police are searching for the person they say pulled the trigger in a drive-by shooting in Hialeah.

Four men were cruising for prostitutes around 2 a.m. Monday, according to Hialeah police, when they said a man standing outside of a gas station began staring at them in the area of North Miami Avenue and 79th Street.

They then noticed a vehicle tailing them. The men told police the vehicle shot at their car in the area of East 10th Avenue and Ninth Street, striking one of the men through the passenger window. They then drove to Hialeah Hospital.

One of them was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, where he remains in critical condition, according to Hialeah police.

Early reports said the man was shot in the head but Fire Rescue could not confirm it, as of Monday afternoon. Hialeah police refused to provide additional information on the man’s injury.

The area behind the hospital near East 25th Street and Seventh Avenue was closed for hours as police examined the car. Video taken by Local 10 shows a bullet hole on the passenger side window, blood on the interior door and a bloody shirt on the grass nearby.

Detectives don’t believe this is a random shooting. Police have identified a person of interest and are working to locate them.

The victim’s identity has not been released.

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