MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Flowers and balloons sit at the spot where a man was found slumped over in his wheelchair, shot to death in the streets of Miami.
“Very nice man…I don’t know what happened, ” said the victim’s wife Carmen Perez.
The wife of 58-year old Israel Perez said her husband of 20 years was a loving man and a man of faith. She remembered his last words to her after she brought him breakfast minutes before he was killed.
“I love you mamma. I love you,” said Carmen Perez. “Me go in my house and 20 minutes….I see the TV. I see the news. I see the chair…. somebody kill him I don’t know what happened.”
Perez, who is a fixture in the area, would go out to the I95 exit ramp at NW 95th street and NW 7th Avenue. every morning to ask for change.
Around 9:30 a.m on Tuesday witnesses said a man got out of a gold Chevy impala and pulled the trigger. Some heard six or seven gunshots.
Police said the shooting suspect identified as 27-year old Rodney Louis led police on a high speed chase through the streets of Miami and North Miami.
The suspect zig-zagged through a number of streets as he headed south, at one point he struck a car in an intersection.
Around 10 a.m. he made his way onto northbound I-95, weaving in and out of traffic with Miami-Dade and Miami police on his tail.
The chase came to an end at Miami Gardens Drive around 10:10 a.m. when the car crashed into a wall after he collided with an Audi. Police moved in and took the driver into custody while the driver of the Audi was put into a neck brace and taken to the hospital to be checked out.
Police said they found a stolen pistol under the floorboard of Louis’ car. He is facing charges including murder, grand theft and fleeing from police.
A detective stopped by his home to notify family.
They didn’t want to speak but a friend told CBS4’s Gaby Fleischman a senseless shooting is not his style .
“I never even know that was in his character,” said his friend.
Meantime, those who knew Perez are left wondering why this happened.
“He’s defenseless, He’s in a wheelchair. What you going to do when you in a wheel chair. You can’t fight back. You can’t fight back. What you gonna do,” said Lo Robinson who knew Perez.
Indiana Parra, a friend of Perez, was stunned when she got the news.
“Wow. I’m in total shock. I thought he got hit by a car. I didn’t expect him to get shot,” said Parra.
Police have not said what led up to the shooting.
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