MIAMI BEACH -- An off-duty New York City detective on vacation was shot outside a high-end South Beach boutique hotel early Saturday morning and rushed to Jackson Memorial Ryder Trauma Center.
Miami Beach Police said they don’t know what led to the shooting, but an undetermined number of suspects are at large.
The New York detective, not yet identified by police, was undergoing surgery Saturday afternoon.
The shooting occurred at approximately 7 a.m. at the bamboo and palm-tree shaded outdoor corridors of 1233 Collins Ave., where the luxury 1233 Lofts are located.
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Police had blocked off to public access all of Collins Avenue between 12th and 13th streets and traffic was gridlocked on Collins Avenue as far south as Fifth Street.
Drivers were being diverted through adjacent streets, creating additional traffic jams along side streets.
Police were still on the scene Saturday afternoon and said the area was expected to remain closed off to the public for at least several hours until the on-scene investigation was complete.
Miami Beach Police Detective Vivian Hernandez said the shooting victim was staying in a unit at 1233 Lofts, a boutique hotel that also has rental apartment units that range in price from $199 to $599 a night.
Guests and employees in La Flora Hotel, located on Collins Avenue across from 1233 Lofts, said they heard multiple, consecutive gunshots that sounded like they were shot from the same weapon.
Police have not released any descriptions of the suspect(s).