Customer Killed During Brazen Pawn Shop Robbery

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – City of Miami police are investigating a fatal shooting that happened during an armed robbery of a Little Havana pawn shop.

Police responded at around 1:30 p.m. to the Value Pawn & Jewelry off SW 17th Avenue and 7th Street after a silent alarm had gone off.

“When officers arrived, what they saw was that indeed the pawn shop had been robbed but also a patron had been shot,” explained Miami police spokesperson Kenia Fallat.

According to police, two robbers stormed the pawn shop, while the getaway driver stayed outside.

“While one man smashed the display cases and was able to get away with a lot of jewelry, the other man pointed the gun at various persons inside the store and shot a patron who was accompanying a friend shopping for a television,” Fallat said.

The customer, a man in his 60s, died on the scene.

The three thieves fled northbound on 17th Avenue in a red SUV.

Authorities have not released descriptions of the robbers, who should be considered armed and dangerous.

Detectives were at the scene late into the night Thursday working on gathering information and clues in the case.

“We have learned that there is surveillance video that may have captured the images from the beginning to end, so that’s something that detectives are looking at,” said Fallat. “And we’re also going business to business to see if other neighboring businesses was able to capture the same.”

If you have any information that can help with the investigation, please contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.

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