The Housing and Urban Development secretary was visiting the Courtside Family Apartments in Overtown, which were funded by former NBA player Alonzo Mourning. Mourning, who now runs a non-profit group focused on building low-income housing in the area, was also at the scene during the incident, as well as a whole bunch of other people.
Shortly after Carson and his wife found themselves trapped inside one of the elevators, someone called the local fire and police departments. According to a Herald reporter on the scene, the Carsons were stuck for about 20 minutes before they were finally rescued.
The HUD secretary tweeted about the whole thing not too long after to thank his rescuers, saying, "Great meeting w/ Alonzo Mourning who is doing great work with low income housing & thanks to the hard working @miamipd and @cityofmiamifire."
Carson, who didn't grow up in public housing and hasn't held public office before, has criticized some Obama-era HUD policies, likening a rule aimed at desegregating local communities to "social engineering." Although he's touted his inspiring life story—becoming a neurosurgeon-turned-presidential candidate after growing up "in the ghetto"—as a qualification for his current job, some experts believe that's not enough to understand the basics of running an agency focused on public housing programs.
According to the New York Daily News, Carson is in Miami on a two-day listening tour, where he'll meet with local developers and politicians who could be affected under Trump's new budget proposal, which calls for a $6 billion-cut to the HUD department.