A Miami cabbie shot three people – none of whom sustained life-threatening injuries – after a routine traffic stop turned into a cop-car hijacking, police chase and multiple location shootout. “Miami Fire Rescue said it began when a cab driver got upset at the cab company, miami.cbslocal.com reports, “and started breaking things. [?] He then sped off in a taxi. A police officer in the area spotted him speeding at NW 79th Street and 4th Avenue and moved in to make a traffic stop . . .
The taxi cab driver exited the vehicle and opened fire on the officer with a high-powered rifle,” said City of Miami Police Officer Frederica Burden.
A woman passing by the scene was hit and taken to the hospital, according to police . . .
Detectives say the cab driver then jumped into the running police cruiser and took off.
During the chase a police car was involved in a fender bender at NW 7th Avenue and 95th Street.
With Miami and North Miami police closing in, the gunman bailed out of the car near Biscayne Boulevard and 95th Street.
The cab driver once again started shooting. During that shootout another innocent woman was hit–as well as the gunman.
The suspect was taken into custody near San Souci Boulevard and NW 115th Road at the Tropicana Apartments. Chopper 4 over the scene showed paramedics working on him.
The suspect was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital. No word on his condition.
No doubt anti-gun hay will be made by the cabbie’s possession of an “assault rifle.” Updates as we receive them,