A Miami-Dade liquor store employee is fighting for his life while police are on the hunt for an armed suspect, following a violent altercation that escalated into gunfire on Thursday evening. The incident occurred at Jensen's Liquors located in the northwest region of Miami-Dade, when a man seeking a refund was denied by the store clerk, according to NBC Miami.
After his request was rejected, the angered customer attempted to leave the store with a bottle of liquor, which prompted the 66-year-old employee to intervene. The confrontation spilled out into the parking lot, where, detectives say, a struggle ensued, leading the suspect to fall and consequently draw his weapon, firing a shot into the worker's abdomen. The suspect then made his getaway on a blue bicycle, police informed NBC Miami.
The employee was transported to Ryder Trauma Center and remains in a critical but stable condition. Detective Andre Martin of the Miami-Dade Police Department warned the public against engaging with the alleged shooter. “This person is considered armed and dangerous. Do not engage with this person. This is an individual who has already shot and injured one person over a menial piece of property. Do not engage with this person.” Martin told WSVN.
Authorities have released surveillance photos in hopes that the public can assist in capturing the man, reported to be in his 40s. A knit cap the subject wore during the robbery was discovered at the scene, post-confrontation. "Anyone who knows the whereabouts of this person is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers," said Martin. Martin also emphasized, "Anyone faced with this situation, any store employees or the general public, no piece of property no matter what the value is worth your life, please do not struggle with an assailant or anyone trying to do you harm,” according to NBC Miami.
The Miami-Dade Police are urging anyone with information to contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $5,000. For more details, and to view the surveillance image of the suspect, visit NBC Miami or WSVN.