15-Year-Old Arrested In Miami Gardens Gas Station Owner’s Death

MIAMI GARDENS – (CBS4) – Police say the 15-year-old boy charged with the murder of a popular gas station owner confronted the victim as he sat in his car after he had finished working his late night shift.

The new details of the shooting were released Friday in an arrest affidavit which released more information about the shooting that occurred August 11th. It killed 58-year-old Shahid Mahmood. He was shot several times while sitting in his car allegedly by the teen because the teen allegedly “had beef with him,” police said.

On Friday, police identified the murder suspect as Damu Bridgewater who had just turned 15 on July 25th. Bridgewater lives just blocks away from Mahmood’s Amerika Gas Station at 15685 NW 22nd Avenue. Bridgewater also faces an attempted armed robbery charge. He is being held at a juvenile assessment facility. The arrest affidavit also says a second witness told police that the teen suspect had bragged about committing the crime.

“It’s sad. He was making a living, doing his business,” said Khalid Ansari, the victim’s friend.

The shooting occurred at 12:58 a.m. just as Mahmood had wrapped up his night shift. He was planning to go home to his family in Miramar. But he would never arrive. Instead, he was shot to death while sitting in his driver’s seat.

A recently released arrest affidavit states Bridgewater confronted Mahmood while he was in his car after finishing his night shift.

“It was at that time that the suspect in this case yells give it up, give it up. When the witness came he said leave that guy alone, the suspect fires shooting the victim in the chest,” said Sgt. Bill Bamford of the Miami Gardens Police Department. “This should have never happened. He was a good man, a family man who did good work in the community and he was killed.”

Meanwhile, a clerk at the Amerika Gas Station expressed relief about the arrest.

“We’re pretty much happy that they caught a guy who was from this area. It means one less bad guy on the street,” Nash Harripersad, an Amerika Station clerk.

Hours after his death, Mahmood’s niece Rabia Mahmood spoke with D’Oench and tearfully said, “It wasn’t his time. He shouldn’t have gone like this. His life was taken away from him. He was very, very loving to our entire family. He’s going to be missed.”

His best friend, Khalid Javed, said he can’t believe Mahmood is gone.

“(He was a) very good guy,” Javed said. “Everybody loved him in the neighborhood.”

Friends and family described the committed husband and father as a kind, loving man with no enemies.

Khalid Ansari, who lived near Mahmood, said, “He was a good guy. He was a gentleman. I am shocked.”

Mahmood and his partner ran the store for only 8 months, the partner told D’Oench.

“If you look at their family now, they are miserable. They can’t do anything. He was the only one earning money,” said family friend Rukhsana Ansari.

Sources told D’Oench that Mahmood and the suspect had some sort of dispute that may have involved property.

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  • rausky79

    Typical ghetto thug. At age 15, what the hell is he doing out at that time in the middle of the night!! Oh I guess he was coming home from his church service. Nice “Christian” young man!

  • Xamot

    What a POS just because he had beef. I hope they fry him. What the heck is going on in Miami Gardens with these young kids killing people lately just for the heck of it.

    • rausky79

      These aren’t “people”, these are NEANDERTHALS!! No offense to NEANDERTHALS!

  • Will Kane

    Hope you enjoy meeting Larry the Lethal Injector chump! Good riddance and smooth injecting.

  • Thalía

    We promote poor young women having more and more children with our policies of paying them when they have babies.

    We cancelled all the policies of checking up on what goes on in free public housing.

    We send literally billions of $$$ of food stamps to peopole who we know are drinking and on drugs.

    What this boy did is a natural outcome.

    Change the causes if you don’t like the outcome. Giving billions of dollars to people handicaps them, and keeps them impoverished in the “hood.”

  • Chativa Williams


  • bigrob80305

    The shame is that a Pharmacy store owner had some thug 15 year olds with ski mask hold up his store and the owner came out firing hitting one of them and the other coward running , when the owner came back in the one that was hurt was finished off by the store owner. You would think the store owner did a good job getting rid of the thug? The store owner was charged with murder and might even get life or a death sentence.

  • LA


  • tincup

    Give me a piece of rope and the highest tree around here, and by the way the rope is reusable. Why waste money on an injection.
    Hang ‘Em High!

  • Tacnacs Ilcd

    this is one of the reasons the ‘N’ word will never leave society. the parents in this case should also be charged just for the neglect of their kid,

  • oatka

    Waiting for the excuses in defense of Bridgewater.:
    He was an “aspiring rapper who was turning his life around”.
    Planning on getting his GED.
    Never in any trouble.
    A “good boy” who “almost made” the honor role who’s mother was just “putting her life back together”
    He did not have access to Midnight Basketball.
    He was the product of ghetto racism by Whitey.
    Teachers were unfair and turned him into a criminal seeking help.
    He was only trying to score some money to feed his 3 illegitimate kids and two girl friends would need smokes and jewelry.

    Did I leave anything out?


    I KNOW DAMU…He more then likely was doing this cause we wanted to show out for friends. He always use to ask me to hold my gun and his favorite line to me “i got beef man” I use to brush the lil boy off being that my gun was legal. But he was never that type of kid he was all talk. But i guess somebody pushed to finally make that step smh. damu

    • rausky79

      If he had “BEEF” he should’ve turned vegetarian. This way he wouldn’t b ein the mess he put himself in, and the victim would still be alive. He really showed off for his “friends”. let’s see if any of his so called “friends” can help him now!!

  • jbhbhvhkbg

    if u dont tell nobody the truth u know u did it take that same boldness and deal with it dont lie on the hood u impressed only yourself fool boy

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