By Peter D'Oench

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – An investigation is underway after a man was shot outside a popular North Miami pizza restaurant.

It happened early Tuesday morning at Steve’s Pizza at 121st Street and Biscayne Boulevard.

Raul Bey, who was working inside the kitchen at Steve’s Pizza, said he heard the gunfire in the parking lot 12:20 a.m.

“I was in the kitchen and I heard one, two, three, four, maybe up to 16 or 17 shots and I saw a woman getting into a car,” he said. “She was reversing the car and she ran away. Then I saw a man who was shot on the ground.”

Isabella Naranjo had just arrived at the restaurant when she too heard the shots.

“Everybody went inside and dropped everything to find shelter, you never know if there’s a person out there and so we took shelter until the cops came,” she said. “I heard loud noises and we were very confused. I was not sure what to make of it.”

Naranjo said the man who was hit had just finished eating and may not have been the intended target.

“It seems as though they were just trying to leave and the shots fired and they got caught in the middle of the crossfire,” she said.

As police look for leads restaurant co-owner Jesse Valinsky said he hopes the shooter will be caught.

“We have been here a long time, since 1974, and we have never had anything like this before. This area is on an upward trajectory, it is sad to see something like this,” said Valinsky. “The police are trying to find out who may have done this and we hope the person who was injured is okay.”

“I also hope they get to the bottom of this and find whoever is responsible,” he said. “From what I hear some people were walking down Biscayne Boulevard and got into something with some people in the parking lot and started shooting at each other. There was a lot of confusion.”

North Miami Police were reviewing surveillance tape from the scene and said they hoped to release some tape or images soon.

They say they are not sure if the shooter was a man or a woman and what triggered this incident and do not have a description to release of the shooter.

One man who came to the crime scene in the afternoon told CBS4’S Peter D’Oench that she was a friend of the man who was shot and who was transported to the hospital. She said he is going to be ok and said she was too upset to talk on camera.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477).

Peter D'Oench

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