By Peter D'Oench

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – One person is dead, a second hospitalized, after a shooting in Downtown Miami.

Police identified the man who lost his life as 24-year-old Jose Rivero and they are asking for witnesses to come forward.

Police spokeswoman Kenia Fallat told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, “It’s an area where there are a lot of people living in buildings around there and some out walking and while we have been speaking with them there are others who we need to speak with and if anyone has any information or caught a glimpse of what happened, we urge them to call us.”

“The one person who we need to talk to is the one person who saw something,” she said.

Around midnight, police were dispatched to Flagler Street and North Miami Avenue to check out reports of an unconscious man.

When officers arrived, they found a man who had been shot and appeared to be dead. They also found a second man who had been shot. He was rushed to the Ryder Trauma Center.

A man, who did not want to be identified, said his son was stopped at a light and saw the shooting. He said two cars pulled up beside him, one of them going up onto the sidewalk and hit a phone booth.

“A man jumps out and started shooting at a car that was on the sidewalk. The one on the sidewalk bucks out and a tried to run out and hit my son’s car,” he said. “It happened so fast that he got scared in the moment thinking that he might get shot.”

Police identified a second scene involved in the shooting near 3rd Avenue and Biscayne Boulevard. There they found a phone booth that had been shot up, its plexiglass shattered.

The suspected gunman was taken into custody. Police are now trying to determine what led to the shooting.

“We have someone detained and our detectives are questioning him,” said Fallat.

She was asked if this incident was a case of road rage.

“There’s a lot we still don’t know,” said Fallat. “Detectives have been able to comb through pieces of evidence such as surveillance video that they are looking at. It is very concerning to us because we don’t know the motive behind this shooting or what lead to this shooting. We don’t know the relationship between the man clinging to life and the man who is being questioned upstairs.”

Police could not say if the weapon used had been recovered and could not confirm a new report that there was a police chase before the shooting.

Anyone with information should cal Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477).


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