They Were Enjoying Spring Break. Then, Gunfire

One person is dead, one injured after shooting in crowded area of Miami Beach
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 18, 2023 10:45 AM CDT
Spring Break in Miami Beach Disrupted by Fatal Shooting
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Gunfire erupted in an area of Miami Beach crowded with people on spring break, killing one person, wounding another, and sending dozens scrambling for safety, police said. Two males were shot Friday night, and one person was detained at the scene, the Miami Beach Police Department tweeted. It wasn't clear if the person being held was the shooter, per the AP. Police also said three guns were recovered. The shooting happened on South Beach's Ocean Drive, which is closed to vehicle traffic along its busiest stretch as hundreds of people gather to celebrate spring break.

One of the victims died at a hospital and the second person was listed in critical condition, police said. Their identities weren't immediately released. Dozens of people scrambled to get away from the gunfire, authorities said. Several blocks in the area were cordoned off with yellow crime-scene tape. No other information was immediately available. The shooting is the second in as many years during spring break on South Beach. Last year, the city imposed a midnight curfew following two shootings, also on Ocean Drive.

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