MIAMI -(CBS4) -A day after a man was shot to death during a heated dispute between two barbershop employees, friends and relatives of the victim said they were raising money to help send his body back to his native Nicaragua.
Police did not confirm the names of the victim or the subject. However, friends told a reporter the victim’s name is Erick Ibarra and a records search on the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s website confirms a person with that same name was processed Saturday night. Friends have also created a facebook page for the Fast Cuts employee who worked at 10002 W. Flagler Street soliciting contributions.
Initially, Ibarra had been airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center where he had been listed in critical condition.
“He was a really friendly guy. He was a tough guy, always laughing, always having fun,” said his friend Ariel Guzman.
Dora Gomez was working at the cafeteria two doors down when the shooting occurred.
“The people were here, we heard it. Everyone started running, everyone that was here got scared, but we closed him in. We didn’t see anything and the cops came in,” Gomez said.
But a few hours later, police say, the man died at the hospital as a result of his injuries.
Yamilet Lopez says she knew the suspect and said he had been working there for more than a week. He seemed to get along fine with other employees, she said.
“He’s not the type of guy that’s aggressive to come out and just shoot someone for no reason. He’s actually a very calm person,” Lopez said.
Shell casings were left at the scene. Police had been questioning another employee Saturday night. Police however have not named the suspect.
“The subject armed with a hand gun shot several times in the direction of the victim striking him one time,” said Miami-Dade Police Spokesman Javier Baez.