MIAMI (CBSMiami) – An investigation is underway after a man was shot to death in front of his northwest Miami-Dade home and detectives believe robbery may have been the motive.
The shooting happened early Wednesday morning at 579 NW 96th Street. Investigators believe Reinaldo Solano, 58, was returning home from work around 2 a.m. when he was ambushed.
The position Solano’s black pick-up truck in front of the home indicates he was pulling into his driveway, got out to open the gate and was shot.
“I heard gunshots,” said neighbor Olga Lozano. “I lived here about 18 years I don’t know what was going on last night.”
Multiple evidence markers on the ground indicate the gunman shot at Solano multiple times.
Police said Solano’s wife rushed at outside after the shooting and found her husband bleeding to death on the ground. A dark colored vehicle was spotted heading eastbound on NW 96th Street after the shooting.
“We don’t know if this was just a man coming back home from work, we don’t know if he was followed home, but certainly those are all elements of this investigation. As you know there are so many different elements in a complex investigation like this,” said
Investigators believe Solano stopped at a BP gas station down the street before going home. The assistant manager of the BP said he was a regular and stopped by almost every night. She said he would buy a Miller light, a box of Newport cigarettes and a lottery ticket and then go home.
“It was a shock, first of all because it’s so close, so close here,” said store assistant manager Ana Aragon. “It’s like we are not secure you know? And it’s a person that I know and i see him every day. I don’t know how to explain to the other cashiers because everybody knows him.”
She added that there was no one else in the story in the parking lot when he stopped at the store Wednesday.
Aragon said Solano worked loading and unloading merchandise near the airport and he never paid with cash or expensive taste.
“You can’t say he had money like that, he is very simple,” Aragon said.
Police are looking at the surveillance video from the gas station to see if anyone followed Solano to his home.
If you have any information on the crime, call Miami-Dade CrimeStoppers at 305-493-TIPS (8477).