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Video catches mayhem as gunfire mars Miami beach party

MIAMI — Three police officers are in the hospital Monday after emptying several rounds of bullets on a driver who opened fire on South Beach.

The driver was killed; four bystanders were injured.

The police officers involved are in non-life-threatening condition, said Miami Beach Police Sgt. Alejandro Bello.

Detective Jenny Velazquez, a police spokeswoman, confirmed that two officers were receiving treatment at Mount Sinai Medical Center with unknown injuries.

But with the number of officers from different police agencies helping patrol the Urban Beach Week crowds on South Beach, Velazquez said details remain sketchy.

"Everything is very cloudy right now," she said.

Velazquez said the police-involved shooting happened just before 4 a.m. on Collins Avenue.

Police believe the shooting was caused when the driver got into an altercation with a police officer.

There have been reports that there were other people in his car who escaped but police have not confirmed this yet.

After officers set up a perimeter in the heart of South Beach, there was a second shooting on 14th Street and Washington Avenue.

The driver of a grey Mercedes drove into the sectioned-off area and accelerated toward a police officer.

She fired at him until he crashed and officers arrested him.

No one was injured in the second shooting.

Monday morning his car remained on the scene, crashed into the front of a police car.

Velazquez said more details will be forthcoming.

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