The police responded to an intersection in the vicinity of the Miami International Airport around 10 a.m. Thursday when shots were exchanged with a gunman, authorities said.
An armed kidnapping suspect being investigated by the FBI was killed Thursday evening in the vicinity of the Miami International Airport after baking at a number of police officers with an assault rifle, authorities said.
No details were provided about the suspect’s identity or the kidnap case.
The police responded to an intersection in the vicinity of the airport around 10 a.m. Thursday when shots were exchanged with the gunman, the Miami FOX affiliate WSVN-TV reported.
Heavy presence of police on 72nd ave and 7th st. in the vicinity of the Miami International Airport. The police reported a shooter (with a possible AK-47) is dead after exchanging fire with the officers. Details unknown. Follow me and @MiamiHerald for updates. pic.twitter.com/EppPequhKR
— Sarah Blaskey (@Blaskey_S), September 21, 2018
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez was on a late-night budget hearing when he announced the news that a shooter with an “AK-47” was dead after exchanging gunfire with the police.
In a video from a nearby balcony, gunshots can be heard, along with a woman screaming “Oh my God, oh my God!”
“[It sounds] gunshots,” a man told the newspaper. “A lot of gunfire. Boom, boom, boom. Like a machine gun, like an AK-47.”
Alma Aguirre, a woman who lives near where the shooting happened, she said, and she looked at the scene from her balcony.
“It was like a war,” she said in Spanish, noting that the police and helicopters were following the suspect vehicle.
The FBI was working on the case with the Miami police department and Miami-Dade police when the shooting occurred, the Miami Herald reported.
“The suspect of this investigation, fled the scene. And he was armed,” FBI spokesman Brian Waterman told reporters early Friday. “He [the suspect] was involved in a hate crime investigation.”
Shooting near the Airport of Miami. Man with an AK-47, is dead after shooting police pic.twitter.com/wxd3902B3U
— NoticiasMiami.com (@noticias_miami), September 21, 2018
A Miami-Dade police spokesman told the Herald there was a chase, but no officers or bystanders were injured.
“He did shoot at our officers and we returned to the fire,” he said.