Two men pistol-whipped moments apart in Overtown markets

Two men in their 60s were pistol-whipped only a few minutes apart Wednesday after leaving separate corner grocery stores in Overtown.

Police didn’t immediately release names. They said the victims were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital. The suspect, a male in his mid-20s, escaped on a bicycle.

“We do believe the motive was robbery,” said Miami police Sgt. Freddie Cruz.

Police said the victims were both hit in the head with a gun and were in critical care at the hospital, though they are expected to survive. A round of gunfire may have gone off during one of the pistol-whippings, but Cruz said that police weren’t certain if either of the victims had been shot.

Both scenes were roped off as detectives spoke to witnesses and scoured for forensic clues.

The incidents happened around 2 p.m., first when a man was attacked at the Black Eagle Family Food Market on the northwest corner of Northwest Fourth Avenue and Seventh Street. Moments later, another man was accosted just outside another food market on the northeast corner of Northwest Fifth Avenue and Eighth Street.

Anyone with information is urged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.