Driver in Miami fires AK-47 pistol at other motorists

Police say a man fired an AK-47 while driving down a Florida highway, damaging at least two passing vehicles.

A Miami-Dade police officer, fearing for his life and the lives of others, fired at Ruiz as he continued to fire his pistol and point it at officers, the report said. The driver of one auto, Enrique Bendana, received a minor head injury and, after driving himself to a gas station, was taken to the hospital.

The southbound lanes of the Palmetto Expressway (SR-826) between 74th to 58th have been shutdown. The man eventually surrendered.

Authorities said that eight people were victims of Ruiz's alleged shooting rampage, according to the Miami Herald. "I went back in my auto, and the bullet passed inches from my head, right into the front of the dashboard of my vehicle".

The 29-year-old Miami Gardens man, who has not been identified, allegedly suffers from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Miami-Dade Police said they got a call about shots fired around 1 a.m. The man allegedly got out from his restraint and attempted to smash open both windows in the vehicle with his still-restrained hands and feet, telling transporting officers he'd kill police with "hollow point ammunition".

Officers from Miami-Dade Police, Doral Police and Florida Highway Patrol were involved in that shooting.

According to police, the suspect lost control, started traveling northbound on the southbound lanes, then crashed again.

At this time police have a person detailed but it is unclear what his role was in the shooting. Ferrin said Ruiz turned the vehicle around and started driving north in the southbound lanes, causing the driver of a Honda Odyssey to crash into Ruiz's auto, before Ruiz crashed again.

  • Larry Hoffman