Man with rifle fires shots on Palmetto Expressway

A man was taken into custody Monday morning after he shot rounds at passing vehicles on the Palmetto Expressway near Northwest 74th Street, police said. 

Horvin Ruiz, 36, also fired rounds from a rifle at police, Miami-Dade police director Juan Perez said. 

"This might have been something random where he was just shooting at vehicles as he was traveling down the Palmetto," said Detective Dan Ferrin of Miami-Dade police. "But we don't know." 

Police did exchange gunfire with Ruiz, and nether police, nor the suspect were injured. 

The incident, which police have called a "non-contact police shooting," took place at about 1:15 a.m.

Ruiz shot at two vehicles before he lost control of his red Toyota Corolla and crashed it into a concrete median, Ferrin said. His vehicle then spun around and he started driving northbound in the southbound lanes before he hit a barrier next to a shoulder. 

Police were able to apprehend Ruiz. 

"A tragedy was averted," Perez said in a tweet. 

Two vehicles were struck during the incident, and one of the victims, Enrique Jose Bendana, was taken from a gas station at 8695 NW 58 St. to Kendall Regional Medical Center with a minor head injury due to debris, police said.

He was treated and released.

Seven other people between the ages of 24 to 56 have come forward. 

One of the victims, a 32-year-old woman who asked to remain anonymous, said she and her husband were on their way home from Legoland with their children, ages 2, 4, and 6, when the shooting took place. 

She said that Ruiz pulled in front of the family minivan, which forced her to slam her breaks and crash in the back of the shooter's vehicle. 

After the crash, Ruiz began to shoot at the family, the victim said.

"When I think about that for the moment, I hear the gun shooting right away," the victim said. "At that moment, I just closed my eyes. I couldn't believe what just happened because all my kids are in the car. This is not supposed to be happening on a happy trip."

The mother thought quick, and decided running would be their best option. 

"I just felt like I had to protect my kids. I'm the captain of the whole ship and they are my crew," the victim said. "I have one (expectation) and I have to protect them. I have to make the right, and the very clear, decision to run." 

Her children were not injured. 

The Palmetto Expressway’s southbound lanes were shut down near Northwest 58th Street as police investigated.

"As you can tell, it's a very extensive scene. Many shots were fired, possibly from the suspect and possibly from our officers since they did return fire," Ferrin said earlier.

Police have asked anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Charges are pending.

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