MIAMI (CBS4) – A 49-year-old Miami store clerk is in critical condition after being shot ten times during a robbery.
Police spokesman Sgt. Freddie Cruz says it’s a “miracle that he is alive” and he is worried that the suspects are on a crime spree.
Seventy minutes before the robbery and shooting at People’s Mini Market in LibertyCity, police say the same suspects struck a Mobil gas station 711 store at 11500 Pembroke Road in Miramar.
That happened at 2:30 a.m. on Saturday and the criminals were captured on surveillance tape entering the store with a rifle and a handgun. They are masked and are wearing bandanas. They pistol whipped a female employe, took cash and fleds, heading south to Miami.
New surveillance tape shows the suspects inside the People’s Mini Market at 3:40 a.m. on Saturday.
Cruz told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench that the suspects held a shotgun to the head of Jaime Walker and then forced clerk Shawgy Mohamed to go through the cash drawer.
“They pistol whipped the poor victim, Mohamed and then at that point, one suspect said we should kill him. He was shot ten times. It’s a miracle that he’s alive after being shot ten times.”
D’Oench spoke with Jaime Walker at her apartment but she was too upset to talk on camera. But she told him she was terrified by the criminal who held the weapon to her head.
“We need to catch these animals before they can do this again,” said Cruz. “This was a vicious attack. It was a particularly vicious attack on a store clerk who has a family and who was nearly killed over pennies.”
Cruz could not say how much money was taken. But he said, “This is a spree. We worry that these people will strike again. They need to be put behind bars.”
It is not known if the suspects have victimized other stores.
Police describe the suspects as black males, who are both between 5’8” and 5’10” tall, 150 to 160 pounds and 18 to 28 years old.
D’Oench also spoke with Muhammed Shareif, who owns the People’s Mini Market.
“There is no description for what happened here,” he said. “At the same time Shawgy is doing good now after surgery. He is much better. It’s a relief for what has happened, how he has recovered over the last two days.”
“This is a terrible thing,” Shareif said. “This shouldn’t happen to anybody.”
He said Mohamed has six children and a brother who lives in New York. He said some of them were headed to JacksonMemorialHospital to see him.
“The law will take its course,” said Shareid. “We will see what happens. Let the law handle it. Please call the police if you have seen these guys.”
If you can help Miami Police with this case, call them or Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477).