The bullet struck the man in the buttocks, but he didn’t realize he had been shot and kept walking. When he did realize that he was bleeding and had been wounded, he passed out.
Miami police said the shooting occurred Sunday at the Calle Ocho Festival in Miami. The victim’s name was not released, but police did supply some details about the incident.
“There might have been drinking involved and it’s possible he didn’t really feel it right away,” Miami Police officer Kenia Reyes said.
When he began to feel pain and noticed he was bleeding, he fainted, Reyes said, and was taken to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
“It appears there was an argument with a group of people,” Reyes said, but no arrests have been made in the shooting.
Jackson Memorial Hospital told ABC News that the patient is no longer at the hospital.
The Calle Ocho Festival is put on by the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana, which says on its web site is the “hottest street party in the nation.” The president of the club, Henry Jimenez, said they consider the festival to be “a safe place for attendees.”
This is something that has never happened in 36 years in Calle Ocho, Jimenez said. “We had 19 arrests for disorderly conduct this time, but never a shooting.”
“Occasionally through the years we’ve seen some stabbings, some fights here and there,” Reyes said.