MIAMI GARDENS (CBSMiami) – An armored car guard was killed Sunday evening as he tried to make a cash pickup at Calder Race Track in Miami Gardens. Investigators say the guard was ambushed as he left a building at the track, and was shot in an exchange of gunfire with his attacker. The gunman is still at large.

The guard, whose name was not released, drove his Brinks armored truck onto the race track property around 5 p.m.. A spokesperson for the FBI, which is investigating the robbery, said the driver entered what is known as the “Old Building” to make a scheduled cash pickup, his truck parked at the front of the building with another guard remaining inside.

“Just before five suspect gets out of the truck he goes to a bench and sits there. he waits until the armored car guard  carrying some money leaves Calder,” said FBI Special Agent Mark Leverock.

Race tracks often have large amounts of cash on hand depending on the day’s betting handle, and armored car pickups are part of the routine.

When the guard left the building, Special Agent Leverock said he was attacked from behind by the man on the bench. There was an exchange of gunfire, and the Brinks guard was hit by bullets. The guard fell to the ground, and by the time his co-worker was able to get out of the truck, the gunman had fled.

The guard was rushed to Ryder Trauma Center, where he later died of his injuries.

The FBI said the gunman  grabbed the money bag the guard was carrying before jumping into a stolen brown truck being driver by an accomplice.

The truck was found abandoned just a short distance away, at the El Palacio Sports Hotel next door to the track. The suspects were not found.

Police are also looking for the driver of a brown sedan who they believe dropped off the robbers at the Wal Mart near Sun Life  stadium, where the pickup truck used in the robbery was stolen.

The FBI believes the pickup truck followed the Brinks truck from Wal-Mart to Calder, about a mile away, before staging the robbery.

Comments (10)
  1. Angela Singleton says:

    To the robbers: Why rob & kill people when you can’t even enjoy the money you steal because you’re going to end up dead or in prison the rest of your life? Can you please answer that question? Seek Jesus today & avoid hell!!

    1. Rob says:

      Would be nice if Jesus was around huh?? Funny everyone says that but I don’t see God putting food on peoples table and paying their bills.

      1. Me says:

        So.. People who don’t have money to pay their bills or put food on the table are supposed to kill someone working to put food in their kids mouths? I agree with you on the Jesus thing, but you are justifying murder?

      2. Chris P says:

        Typical athiest comment. If God took care of everything the way you describe, mankind would never be able to grow and evolve.

  2. Mike says:

    I was at Calder 30 minutes before this happened. Angela, I agree with you. How anyone can take another life is beyond my comprehension. I have it bad in today’s economy, but I make ends meet, why can’t they somehow! Third world South Florida!

  3. Rocio says:

    Even though there is more violent crime these days it is harder to get away with.

    Chances are the murderers drove by multiple cameras.

    Two more cells will soon be filled. Obama’s new policy will allow them to be sent back quickly if they are here illegally.

    But that won’t bring the guard back. RIP. Thanks for your service.

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  4. Melissa says:

    No persons life is worth money…this person is just cold blooded.
    My heart goes out to the guards family, this tragedy should have never happened, and to the Calder security guard that was escorting brinks, I am so sorry you had to witness such a thing, but you did a great thing afterward when instead of running, you stayed and tried to help the victim. You are an honorable man.

  5. Marie Evans says:

    Just heard they have the 4 in custody that did this. A tip from the public led cops to them. Hooray!!! See God works in His own way in His own Time.

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