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Miami police find body in the street after early morning shooting

Miami police blocked off a stretch of Northwest First Street, from Seventh to Eighth avenues, as they investigated a dead body found in Little Havana on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017.
Miami police blocked off a stretch of Northwest First Street, from Seventh to Eighth avenues, as they investigated a dead body found in Little Havana on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017. ldixon@miamiherald.com

Miami police blocked off a stretch of a Little Havana street after a body with several gunshot wounds was found in the area early Tuesday morning.

The body was found at Northwest First Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues at about 2:20 a.m., according to police spokesman Christopher Bess.

Miami police were responding to a separate 911 call when they heard shots being fired. They searched the area and found the victim’s body.

Police later identified the victim as 38-year-old Pedro Lazaro Blanco.

Fire rescue arrived on the scene and pronounced Blanco dead. Bess said that police have not identified potential suspects or a motive for the shooting.

Police cruisers and crime scene tape blocked off the intersection of First Street and Eighth Avenue and police also blocked southbound traffic along Eighth Avenue at First Street.

Blanco previously served prison time for racketeering, arson and selling cocaine and marijuana. Most recently, he served a five-year sentence for aggravated assault, robbery and firearm possession—he was released in January.

Miami Herald staff writer David J. Neal contributed to this story.

Lance Dixon: 305-376-3708, @LDixon_3

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