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Man shot dead inside truck in parking lot of probation office in Miami Gardens

Shooting in parking lot of probation office in Miami Gardens

One person was shot dead inside a vehicle in a parking lot of a probation office in Miami Gardens on June 19, 2019.
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One person was shot dead inside a vehicle in a parking lot of a probation office in Miami Gardens on June 19, 2019.

A man was shot to death inside a truck in the parking lot of a state probation office in Miami Gardens on Wednesday morning, police said.

As police officers flooded the area looking for the killer or killers, the identity of the dead man remained unknown. That would change by the end of the day.

The shooting happened about 11 a.m. outside the Florida Department of Corrections probation office at 3601 NW 167th St. Surveillance video of the incident obtained by the Miami Herald shows two people running toward a moving vehicle in the parking lot, gunfire, then the men running away back toward the street.

Miami Gardens police spokeswoman Nelly Joseph said the man killed was the sole occupant of the vehicle. Late Wednesday the man was identified as 33-year-old Prince J. Taylor. The make and model of the vehicle was not released. She said police hadn’t pieced together a motive.

A corrections spokesman declined to say whether investigators believe the shooting is related to the office, or if the victim may have been someone on probation.

“At this time, the probation office in that location is closed and may remain closed for the remainder of the day,” spokesman Rob Klepper said in a statement.

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