Police: Driver fatally shot at SW Miami-Dade intersection, gunman at large – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a gunman who, they said, shot at a car with an infant and a child inside at an intersection in Southwest Miami-Dade, killing the driver.

7SkyForce HD hovered above police units blocking the intersection of Southwest 152nd Street and 127th Avenue, north of Zoo Miami, just after 6 p.m., Friday.

A vehicle was seen partially covered with a yellow tarp and with bullet holes in the driver’s side door.

Investigators said the victim was driving when someone pulled up next to the vehicle on the driver’s side and discharged a firearm, striking the victim.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units responded to the scene and pronounced the driver dead.

Inside the victim’s car, police said, was a 1-year-old in a car seat, a 5-year-old and another adult. None of the other occupants were injured.

Police are searching for a gray four-door Lexus that fled the scene.

Officers shut down Southwest 152nd Street, from 122nd to 133rd avenues, while they investigate. Traffic was seen backed up near the scene of the shooting.

Just after 8 p.m., Miami-Dade County officials confirmed the COVID-19 testing site at Zoo Miami has been closed due to police activity in the area. It is scheduled to reopen Saturday at 7 a.m.

As of 9:30 p.m., police have not identified the victim.

If you have any information on this shooting or the gunman’s whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.

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Grievances no more? How one Alabama city plans to fix intersection into popular Chick-fil-A drive-thru

Airing of the grievances is tradition on the made-up holiday, “Festivus,” created by the TV show Seinfeld in 1997.

But on any day outside the Chick-fil-A in Daphne, you don’t have to go far to hear the grumbling from those who flock to a congested drive-thru daily for their chicken sandwiches.

“Horrible” and “dangerous” were words that described the traffic pattern in and around the eatery during the lunch hour on Thursday, two days before Christmas as shoppers also flocked to a nearby Target store.

“It’s one of the best Chick-fil-A’s that is not on an interstate,” Daphne Mayor Robin LeJeune said. “It’s a huge success. But our concerns are getting people in and out safely.”

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The city and the Alabama Department of Transportation, guided by the Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), are moving forward on a $2.3 million project that will create a new interchange into the Target parking lot and eliminate a dangerous access road onto U.S. 98 from Chick-fil-A.

A small step was taken on Monday when the Daphne City Council approved a property swap agreement with Target. The city, as part of a land exchange agreement, will obtain a section of Target’s property so it can move ahead with the project. In return, the city gave Target a piece of property so the company can install a new sign along U.S. 98.

The overall goal is to move ahead with a project that could save lives by preventing traffic on U.S. 98.

“That’s a very dangerous strip of roadway along Highway 98, with a lot of traffic movements, crisscrossing of the roads coming onto the highway and … because of the various businesses in that area, the city and ALDOT are enacting an access management plan to allow for safer traffic movements along the corridor,” said Troy Strunk, director of city development with the city of Daphne.

The focus in a short, but heavily traveled section of U.S. 98 from Baldwin County Route 64/Daphne Avenue to Van Avenue near Terry Thompson Chevrolet. Close to 35,000 vehicles travel along Route 98 near the busy Route 64 intersection where Target is located.

The project’s main features include:

  • The creation of a new signalized interchange at Lavender Lane, which leads motorists to the Daphne police headquarters and municipal court.
  • A new road will be created off Lavender Lane leading motorists to Target and a series of businesses including Wacky Shrimp and Chick-fil-A. That road will snake behind the two eateries. Strunk said the road will create a “full movement intersection for Target.”
  • The current access onto U.S. 98 from Target and Chick-fil-A will only allow for northbound travel and will end the dangerous southbound option toward Fairhope that city officials blame for traffic crashes that occur along U.S. 98.
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A Google map snapshot of the area that will be included in an estimated $2.3 million project to improve access into and out of a shopping center in Daphne, Ala., that includes a Target and a popular Chick-fil-A. (Google maps)

“We’ve seen fatalities,” LeJeune said. “This will make access to the current Chick-fil-A a right-in and right-out only. You won’t be able to turn left onto (U.S.) 98 anymore. You will have to go to the light.”

The project is included in the MPO’s fiscal year 2020-2023 Transportation Improvement Program or TIP – the short-term planning document for the organization. Placing a project into an MPO’s TIP makes it eligible for federal transportation money and elevates it as a priority for regional planners and politicians.

The “local match” for the project is $466,160, of which $450,000 has been dedicated by ALDOT to Daphne for its construction.

Strunk said he’s unsure on a timeline. He said the final engineering drawings are being crafted and submitted to ALDOT for review. It could be more than six months before the project’s bids are awarded to a contractor, with construction beginning in the fall 2022.

The entire project would then be completed in 2023.

That means, at least one more Festivus to air those traffic grievances while trying to access the Chick-fil-A drive-thru.

“We’ve had issues there with the amount of traffic and growth we’ve seen as a city,” said LeJeune, referring to Daphne’s 27% growth between the 2010 and 2020 U.S. Census counts. “ALDOT has seen the same issues. We’re trying to address it.”

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Greensboro woman hit, killed by SUV at South Holden Road, Vanstory Street intersection

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — A Greensboro woman was hit and killed by an SUV on Saturday, according to a Greensboro Police Department news release.

At 5:01 p.m., Greensboro police responded to the South Holden Road and Vanstory Street intersection when they were told someone was hurt in a crash.

A 29-year-old Greensboro woman was driving a 2018 Toyota Rav 4 north on South Holden Road, approaching the intersection of Vanstory Street.

Yong Qing Tang, 61, of Greensboro, was crossing South Holden Road, outside of a marked crosswalk, when she was hit by the Rav 4 in the travel lane.

She was takento the hospital where she died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

Speed and impairment are not believed to be factors in the crash.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Greensboro/Guilford Crime Stoppers at (336) 373-1000. Citizens can also download the mobile P3tips app for Apple or Android phones to submit a mobile tip, or go to P3tips.com to submit a web tip. All tips to Crime Stoppers are completely anonymous.

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Truck carrying hogs tips, shuts down Story County highway intersection


Highway 65 at 160th Street shut down late Monday morning after a semi-truck carrying hogs tipped over, according to the Story County Sheriff’s Office.

“Please use an alternate route of travel if you can,” authorities said in a Facebook post Monday. 

Deputies remained on the scene south of Zearing around noon Monday, Sgt. Elizabeth Quinn told the Ames Tribune.

Details were not immediately available on how long the intersection will be closed, what caused the semi-truck to tip over or whether any hogs or people were injured.

Related: Story County Sheriff’s Office responds to call about stray pigs

This story will be updated.

Isabella Rosario is a public safety reporter for the Ames Tribune. She can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at @irosarioc.

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