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Published: Tuesday, 11/6/2007

Teacher shot outside Miami-area high school during apparent robbery; 3 arrested


MIAMI A teacher was shot today 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 had been taking a cigarette break across the street from the school during lunch when he was confronted by another man who tried to rob him, said Quintin Taylor, a spokesman for Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

He was alert as he was being transported to the hospital, Taylor said.

It was not clear how the suspects were located, but a group of SWAT officers in helmets and carrying rifles were seen entering an apartment complex near the school shortly before the arrests. Police had sealed off all the complex s exits and a police helicopter had been hovering 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 had been lifted this afternoon.

Names of the victim and the suspects were not released.

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