MIAMI (CBSMiami) – An armed carjacking in Florida City led to a police chase in Homestead and ended with three people going to the hospital.
Homestead Police said the carjacking happened on Thursday morning in front of a Dollar General store on Palm Drive at 6th Avenue in Florida City. The carjacking suspect fired several shots at the driver while taking the vehicle, police said. No one was hit.READ MORE: Johnson & Johnson Single-Shot COVID-19 Vaccine Joining In The Fight Against Global Pandemic
Officers then spotted the stolen car minutes away in Homestead and there was a brief pursuit. It ended at Northwest 14th Avenue and Northwest 8th Street when the carjacking suspect lost control and crashed into two other cars.
“I was just in the kitchen making coffee and I heard the loud crash,” said Chloe Blocher who had car parts scattered across her front yard. “I ran to my bedroom window and looked out and saw cops with their guns drawn. I immediately told my daughter, ‘get down’. I didn’t know what was happening.”
Blocher told CBS4’s Brooke Shafer, the driver of a stolen red car ran the red light and t-boned a black car which then hit a third car, a silver Lexus.READ MORE: South Florida House Republicans Vote Against President Biden's $1.9 Trillion Pandemic Relief Package
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue airlifted both the driver in the stolen car and a man in the black car to Jackson South Medical Center in critical condition.
Officers said they recovered the suspect’s gun.
Blocher said the driver of the Lexus was a woman with her two young kids on their way to school.
“I saw the lady coming crawling with her kids, and I came out and I was like ‘come in the house, come in the house’,” said Blocher. “She was very shaken up. It was very scary.”MORE NEWS: Trump A Dominant Force At Conservative Conference In Orlando
Blocher said the children were not injured, but their mother was taken to the hospital in an ambulance after complaining of neck pain.