1 Dead, 1 Wounded in Miami Beach Spring Break Shooting

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Police say one person was killed and another wounded when gunfire erupted in a crowded area of ​​Miami Beach on spring break.

MIAMI BEACH, FL — Gunshots erupted in a crowded area of ​​Miami Beach over spring break, killing one person, injuring another and sending dozens to seek safety, police said.

Two men were shot Friday night and one person was taken into custody at the scene, the Miami Beach Police Department tweeted. It was not clear if the person in custody was the shooter. Police also said three weapons were recovered.

The shooting occurred on Ocean Drive in South Beach, which is closed to vehicular traffic on its busiest stretch as hundreds of people gather to celebrate spring break. One of the victims died at a hospital and the second person is in critical condition, police said. Their identities were not immediately released.

Dozens of people rushed to escape the gunfire, authorities said. Several blocks in the area were cordoned off with yellow crime scene tape.

No other information was immediately available.

The shooting is the second in as many years during spring break in South Beach. Last year, the city imposed a midnight curfew following two shootings also on Ocean Drive.

The year before, there were about 1,000 arrests and dozens of weapons seized during a rowdy spring break that prompted Miami Beach officials to take steps aimed at calming the situation.

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