MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A stop at a Miami hot dog stand ended with a man rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound to his leg.
The man and his wife had stopped at the stand in the 1900 block of NW 21st Street Sunday afternoon to catch a quick bite to eat.
While they were ordering they were approached by two males who tried to steal the woman’s purse, according to Miami Police spokesman Detective Willie Moreno.
The man came to his wife’s defense and struggled with the purse snatchers. One of the males pulled out a gun and shot the man in the leg. They then ripped the purse from the woman’s grasp and took off in what was described only as a beige colored vehicle.
The man was taken to JMH where he was listed in good condition.
Jennifer Martinez works near the scene of the shooting.
“In terms of what happened, I would do the same,” she said.
Martinez said she’s only been in the area a couple of months and was surprised to hear of the mid-afternoon violence.
“I’ve never heard anything of the sort and it was early too,” she said.
Martinez said she hopes to make change in the community.
“There are a lot of stigmas about this area, violence,” she said.
She hopes the neighborhood can gain a more positive reputation. Martinez manages a business in the area and said she is trying to organize Friday evening events to bring the neighborhood together “so the community can integrate and know each other.”