(CBS/AP) A teacher was shot Tuesday outside at a Miami-area high school during an apparent robbery, and police later arrested three suspects, officials said.
The man was shot in the upper torso and was in critical condition, Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said.
The teacher, who has been identified by CBS station WFOR-TV as Sergio Miranda, had been taking a cigarette break with another instructor across the street from Miami Carol City Senior High School during lunch when they were confronted by another man who tried to rob them.
Miranda, who teaches math, “was alert as he was being transported to the hospital,” said Quintin Taylor, a spokesman for Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
"I still can't believe it," 16-year old Ledarian Nixon told the Miami Herald. "Mr. Miranda is a great teacher. He didn't deserve anything like this."
After the shooting, the two suspects left on foot, reports WFOR-TV. Tips to police and Crime Stoppers led Miami Dade SWAT members to an apartment complex near the school, where they took several people into custody.
Police had sealed off all the complex's exits and a police helicopter had been hovering above.
Mr. Miranda is a great teacher. He didn't deserve anything like this.
Ledarian Nixon, studentA 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 with the students confined to their classrooms while the police searched for suspects for more than two hours as a result, but the lockdown had been lifted Tuesday afternoon.
Names of the victim and the suspects were not released.
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