Crime

Man in U-Haul van opens fire in a Miami Gardens neighborhood, injuring 1, cops say

Miami police say a man was shot and his BMW stolen in an early morning Wynwood robbery.
Miami police say a man was shot and his BMW stolen in an early morning Wynwood robbery.

Police are looking for a man in U-Haul van who opened fire in a Miami Gardens neighborhood Sunday afternoon, leaving one person injured.

The drive-by shooting happened just before 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the area of Northwest 37th Avenue and Northwest 191st Street.

According to police, the injured man, identified as 20-year-old Jahni Smith, was taken to a nearby hospital by air rescue. Smith was “conscious and talking to officers” before going into surgery, police said.

As of Sunday, the department said the shooter was wearing a grey hoodie and inside a U-Haul van that was heading west on Northwest 191st Street.

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

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Carli Teproff grew up in Northeast Miami-Dade and graduated from Florida International University in 2003. She became a full-time reporter for the Miami Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news.

Monique O. Madan covers immigration and enterprise; she previously covered breaking news and local government. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and The Dallas Morning News. She is currently a 2018-2019 Reveal Fellow at the Center for Investigative Reporting. She graduated from Miami Dade College and Emerson College in Boston.A note to tipsters: If you want to send Monique O. Madan confidential information, her email and mailbox are open. The address is 3511 NW 91st Ave, Doral, FL 33172. You can also direct message her on social media and she’ll provide encrypted Signal details.

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