By Gary Nelson

MIAMI (CBS4)- Stunned customers and employees gathered outside a Miami tire shop after the owner was found shot in the head Thursday.

Meanwhile, Miami-Dade Police continue to search for a suspect, or suspects, after the man was shot in the head at the Miami tire shop he owns.

According to Miami-Dade County Police the shooting happened at Devonaire Service and Tire at the corner of 112th Street and SW 122nd Avenue. The 46-year-old victim, Paul Barrow, is in critical condition and may not survive.

Barrow, who is married and has children, has co-owned the shop for years and is well-loved in the community.

“Paul, who is probably the most honest mechanic you would want to know… we used to use his services,” customer Jodie Crieger said. “Someone shot him this morning. All I know he was shot in the head.”

Chris Covoletski, a friend of Barrow, said he would offer his services for free if customers didn’t have the money for the repairs.

“He’s (Barrow) a community person, he sponsors baseball teams and he helps people who have no money,” Covoletski said. “The people who have no money, he does it (the work) for free.”

Barrow’s body was discovered by a customer who came to the shop. The customer saw him lying critically wounded on the floor near the store’s office.

He was described by friends and coworkers as a kind man, almost to a fault.

“If someone needed the money, he would’ve given it to them,” Covoletski said. “There’s just no need to shoot this guy.”

Detective Alvaro Zabaleta is asking the public for their assistance in finding the shooter or shooters.

“I want the community to think back on anything they may have seen, a vehicle speeding off, somebody running,” Zabaleta said.

Miami-Dade Police expect that the case will become a murder investigation. Robbery is among possible motives.

If you have any information about the shooting, call Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).

Comments (15)
  1. Mike says:

    Welcome to the holidays in Miami.

  2. Kelley Szymanski says:

    Does anyone know Paull’s status?

  3. Mike Rubio says:

    Kelley, Paulie pasted away

  4. jacqueline Golburgh says:

    RIP Paul…He was one of our nicest and best friends..Peter and I love him and our hearts go out to his dear family. I used to drive him to Sunday school with my son , Ben Golburgh. Paul will be missed so much.

  5. Julie Pardo says:

    RIP Paul we will missed you greatly!! Our deepest sympathy to the Barrow Family and his Devonaire Family!!

  6. Mike Rubio says:

    *Update* He is on life-support, but no looking good.

  7. jacqueline golburgh says:

    the news is saying he’s still alive???

  8. a true friend says:

    he is still alive but in grave condition – not a good prognosis

  9. Alfy martinez says:

    paul , you have allways been part of the martinez family god bless you and your family ,rest in peace brother amen

  10. johnny pechonis says:

    our prayers go out to you and your family paul. were pulling for your recovery.
    johnny pechonis ” THE CORNER TIRE STORE’,,,

  11. Renee & Craig Guadagni and The Boys says:

    Paul, we are praying for you and your family. You are in our thoughts always.

  12. Anonymous says:

    -An anonymous family member-

    Yes, he was officially pronounced dead at 5:00PM.
    Rest In Peace Paul, and I PROMISE YOU WE ARE WORKING ON IT.

  13. Rausky says:

    RIp PAul. Althouigh I never met you, i feel sad from what happened. I hope and pray that the Police catch your assassin. My sympathies to the family.

  14. JOE B says:


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