SWEETWATER, FLA. (WSVN) – A man has been transported to the hospital and another taken into police custody after shots were fired in Sweetwater.
Sweetwater Police and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue personnel responded to the area of Southwest 108th Avenue and Fifth Street at around 3 p.m., Thursday.
“We have a lot of officers working the area, and it was a quick response by police,” Sweetwater Police spokesperson Jonathan Arche said. “We know what’s been going on in the community, so we’ve been on high alert. Our main focus is to make sure the community is safe, and if someone does violate the law, especially this carelessly, we’re going to make sure that we catch them and bring them to justice.”
According to police, a man driving a white Chevrolet Colorado truck was driving when another man pulled up behind him, fired multiple shots and fled the area.
“At that point, another vehicle pulled up behind him, and as the victim stepped out of the vehicle, he was fired upon, being struck in his lower extremities,” Arche said.
Fire rescue officials said the injured man was transported as a trauma alert to Kendall Regional Medical Center. At last check, he was listed in stable condition and is expected to be OK.
Police confirmed they have taken the suspected shooter, identified as Eduardo Jesus Pastrana-Pacheco, into custody in connection to the shooting.
They said the suspect fled from the shooting scene but was caught not far away. Cameras on board 7Skyforce HD captured Miami-Dade Police officers surrounding a white Mercedes-Benz sedan in the area of Southwest 136th Avenue and Ninth Street.
Multiple bullet casings could be seen laying on the roadway near a white pickup truck. Detectives could also be seen holding a bloody towel that was found near the scene.
It is unclear what charges Pastrana-Pacheco may face related to the shooting.
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