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Police trying to sort out shooting at Whole Foods in downtown Miami

Police investigate a robbery and shooting in downtown Miami on Tuesday.
Police investigate a robbery and shooting in downtown Miami on Tuesday. Miami Police Department

Miami police on Tuesday afternoon were trying to sort out a shooting that left one man in the hospital with a bullet wound, another detained and being questioned and a third on the run.

But with initial witness accounts sketchy, several hours after the shooting police still aren't certain if they have the shooter detained or if he had escaped.

"We're looking for one white male in his twenties with a Gucci hat," said Miami police Cmdr. Freddie Cruz. "We're not sure who the good guy is or the bad guy at this moment."

Cruz said police were called about gunfire just outside the Whole Foods supermarket at 299 SE Third St., just after 1 p.m. There, they found one man suffering gunshot wounds. He was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital and is in critical condition.

Cruz said detectives learned that the three men got into some type of heated discussion before one of them opened fire. The man who was shot ran west, then collapsed two blocks away at Southeast Second Avenue and Second Street.

One person was immediately detained. He is still being interviewed by detectives. Police haven't released any of the men's names and no charges have been filed.

The incident forced police to close off traffic between Southeast First and Third streets and First and Third avenues for most of the afternoon.

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