Miami Boost Mobile store owner was shot and killed in robbery outside of his business – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports
MIAMI (WSVN) – The family of a Miami business owner is seeking justice a day after, they said, he was robbed outside his Boost Mobile store before being shot, while two of his grandchildren were waiting for him in a car.
Miami City Police and Fire Departments responded to the shooting scene near Northwest 12th Avenue and Fifth Street on Friday night.
Investigators said the shooting took place around 8:15 p.m.
Relatives identified the victim as Walter Castaneda Sr.
His son, Walter Castaneda Jr., said he believed his father had been targeted.
“He was closing the store and it looks like some people were waiting for him across the street,” he said.
Surveillance video captured a vehicle as it pulled up near the store and at least one subject stepped out.
“It’s the car,” the store salesperson said.
Two men are seen struggling in the left corner of the frame.
The victim’s son said one of the attackers stripped his father of his money before opening fire.
The subject, who was wearing an orange hoodie, is seen shooting Castaneda before escaping with a small bag.
Castenada fired back as the gunman hopped into a white sedan and fled.
Castaneda Jr. believes someone in that car knew that her father had just put the store’s weekly income in the bag that was stolen.
“Somehow I don’t know how they know he had money in a little bag, in his lunch bag,” he said.
Security footage also shows people walking along the sidewalk in front of the store. A woman holds her child as gunshots ring out.
Castaneda’s family said the grandfather of six is looking forward to a family weekend.
Castaneda Jr. said his father strapped two of his grandchildren into car seats. They started to wonder why it was taking their grandfather so long, so they got out of the car and found him lying on the ground.
“One of the bullets, they say, hit him in the stomach and the other in the rib, and it destroyed him, and he died,” Castaneda Jr. said as he pushed back his tears.
The grieving son said he wanted the gunman to be stopped and more Miami Police units patrolling the area.
“We just need more security around this area for our people to work,” he said.
Castaneda Sr. owned three cell phone stores in the area.
If you have any information about this shooting or the whereabouts of the subjects, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous and you may be eligible for a reward of up to $ 5,000.
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