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Two shot at Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach

The lobby of the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach is taped off as police investigate a shooting on Sunday, May 7, 2017.
The lobby of the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach is taped off as police investigate a shooting on Sunday, May 7, 2017.

Two people were shot outside the Fontainebleau hotel on Sunday night.

Police said a man and a woman were shot on Departures Drive, a ramp in between the Tresor Tower and the Fontainebleau’s main building just before 9 Sunday night. The victims then ran inside the hotel for help.

The woman had one bullet wound and was in stable condition. The man was in critical condition with multiple bullet wounds, police said.

The two victims were transported to Ryder Trauma Center.

The lobby of the upscale hotel, 4441 Collins Ave., was taped off and guests were not allowed into the hotel via the main entrance while police investigated the shooting.

Police were a heavy presence in the area, and traffic on Arthur Godfrey Road and on Collins Avenue was backed up as a stretch of beach sand was closed off to search for the shooter, who left the scene on foot.

Helicopters hovered overhead and K-9 units from multiple police agencies helped in the search.

Fontainebleau guest Jake Sabo said he was taking an Uber back to his hotel when he saw the street blocked off and police and helicopters scanning the area.

When he entered the hotel, he said much of the lobby was blocked.

Tourists from Ohio, who declined to give their names, stood with luggage on Collins and 41st Street.

“We’re here because our taxi driver wouldn’t take us any further,” one tourist in the group said.

Club-going women, dressed up for the night, kicked off their heels as they walked to and from their hotels during the chaotic scene.

Around 11:20 p.m., roads opened again as police called off their search for the night. The shooter was still at large.

“We are in the infancy stages of the investigation and we are asking for the community’s help,” Miami Beach police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez said. “Our detectives are trying to piece together what led to this unfortunate incident.”

After the roads reopened, it was back to business as usual.

People were coming and going from the hotel, and valets were once again taking cars instead of directing traffic away from the hotel.

Popular nightclub LIV was set to host a closing party for the three-day Rolling Loud festival, which wrapped up late Sunday.

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).

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