Chase and shootout involving hijacked UPS truck in Florida leads to multiple deaths

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At least two people were killed in a hail of gunfire after a UPS truck was commandeered following an attempted armed robbery, leading police on a two-county rush-hour chase in South Florida, police said.

The number of people who were killed wasn’t immediately known. Police said only that there were “multiple fatalities” and that no law enforcement officers were killed.

The incident began when two people tried to rob a jewelry store on the ritzy Miracle Mile in Coral Gables in Miami-Dade County at about 4:15 p.m., police said. The suspects exchanged gunfire with a jewelry shop worker, who was injured, Coral Gables Police Chief Ed Hudak Jr. said.

At least one bullet hit a window at City Hall, where no injuries were reported, he said. The extent of the jewelry store worker’s injuries wasn’t known.

The robbers then hijacked a nearby UPS truck, abducting its driver. Alerted by a silent alarm that had been triggered in the jewelry store, a fleet of law enforcement vehicles gave chase in a pursuit that was broadcast across the country.


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