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Apparent road rage sparked shooting death near Palmetto exit ramp, police say

Police respond to fatal shooting near Palmetto Expressway exit

Miami-Dade Police responded to a fatal shooting on the southbound exit ramp for NW 25th Street off the Palmetto Expressway in Doral, Florida.
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Miami-Dade Police responded to a fatal shooting on the southbound exit ramp for NW 25th Street off the Palmetto Expressway in Doral, Florida.

A truck driver was shot to death just past rush hour on a Palmetto Expressway off-ramp near Doral Friday morning, in what police said appeared to be a case of road rage.

Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Joe Sanchez said there was an altercation between a man driving a semi-tractor trailer and another person driving a black Nissan Altima.

“There was gunfire,” Sanchez said.

The shooting took place at about 10 a.m. on the south exit ramp of the Palmetto at Northwest 25th Street, not far from Miami International Airport. The off-ramp closed, and traffic heading south on the highway and along Northwest 25th Street was snarled.

One person was in custody and being interviewed by law enforcement. It was unclear if the shooting happened on the road or inside a vehicle.

Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said all parties involved had been detained. He said it appeared that the truck driver got out of his truck with a knife and that the driver of the Nissan responded by shooting him.

By early afternoon no one had been arrested and no names were released.

A man attacks another with a bat in Hialeah, Florida in an apparent road rage incident on Friday, June 9, 2017.

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