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Teacher shot outside Fla. high school during apparent robbery; 3 questioned

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Posted: November 6, 2007 7:09 p.m.
Updated: November 21, 2007 5:01 a.m.
    MIAMI — A teacher was shot and injured Tuesday outside a high school during an apparent robbery, forcing lockdowns of several schools for more than two hours.
    Police detained three men for questioning but released two of them. They were questioning the third. No arrests had been made.
    The teacher, identified by school officials as Sergio Miranda, was shot in the upper torso, Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said.
    Miranda had been taking a cigarette break across the street from the school during lunch when he was confronted by a man who tried to rob him, said Quintin Taylor, a spokesman for Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
    Miranda was being treated at Jackson Memorial Hospital, said spokeswoman Maria Rosa Carrero, who added that she was not authorized to release details of his condition.
    A group of SWAT officers in helmets and carrying rifles entered an apartment complex near the school shortly before they took the men in for questioning. Police had sealed off all the complex’s exits, and a police helicopter hovered above.
    A 911 call reported the shooting before noon at Miami Carol City Senior High School, Zabaleta said. Carol City elementary, middle and senior high schools were on lockdown for more than two hours as a result, but the lockdown was lifted later Tuesday afternoon.

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