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A car crashed into a tree. When cops arrived, they found the bullet holes.

Miami-Dade police are investigating a shooting in Miami Lakes that left a man dead inside a Volkswagen Jetta that crashed into a tree on July 12, 2018.
Miami-Dade police are investigating a shooting in Miami Lakes that left a man dead inside a Volkswagen Jetta that crashed into a tree on July 12, 2018. Miami Herald file

Neighbors in a Miami Lakes neighborhood heard the car lose control and crash into a tree.

What they didn’t hear was the gun shots that could have sent the southbound car careening into the tree on Northwest 89th Avenue and 146th Street around 7:20 Thursday evening.

NBC 6 reports that after the crash residents went out and saw someone running from the scene of the crash.

When police arrived, they found the crashed gray Volkswagen Jetta with a bullet hole in the rearview mirror and a dead man in the backseat. The driver was missing.

On Friday, Miami-Dade police identified the victim in the car as Lester Santana Hernandez, 37.

Hernandez was shot.

Miami-Dade Det. Alvaro Zabaleta said the possible driver was still at large Friday morning.

Police are investigating and ask if anyone has any information to call Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at 305-471-8477.

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