PEMBROKE PINES (CBSMiami) – Pembroke Pines police are investigating a deadly shooting that took place at a Chevron gas station Saturday afternoon.

A police spokesman said that the shooting took place at 1601 North University Drive just before 4 p.m. following an argument between the suspect and the victim near the car wash area of the business.

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The victim was an employee at the  car wash.

Watch Maggie Newland’s report, click here.

“The subject pulled out a firearm and began to chase the victim through the parking lot,” said Captaian Al Xiques with the Pembroke Pines Police Department. “The victim decided to hide inside a black Mercedes that was waiting to be washed at that time the suspect shot the victim multiple times striking him twice in the back.”

“I grabbed the phone and I called the cops that was the first thing,” said Hani Kazem who was working at the gas station.  “He [the victim] was like unconscious. He was full of blood.”

Kazem said he also saw the shooter.

“He was very calm. He was just putting his gun to his pants he went to his car and drove away,” Kazem said.

Police have released the suspect”s name as Steven Dawson, 28, of Pembroke Pines.

Steve Dawson (Source: Pembroke Pines Police)

Steve Dawson (Source: Pembroke Pines Police)

Police said he was last seen driving a silver Chevrolet Impala with black rims and tinted windows. Officials said the car may have been a 2008 model.

According to detectives, the victim was shot multiple times and died during surgery at Memorial Regional Hospital.

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Kazem told CBS4’s Maggie Newland that the employee had a young daughter and had worked at the gas station car wash for more than a year and a half.

“He was doing his thing, hard worker I would say. He was coming here everyday from 8 or 9 all the way through 6 working everyday,” Kazem added. “He was a nice guy, not loud or anything, he never had problem with anybody.”

According to Kazem, the suspect and victim may have fought over a woman.  Police will only say the incident was domestic related.

Customers were at the business when the shooting took place leaving them scared and uneasy.

“You feel unsafe, of course,” said Kazem.

Dawson is considered armed and dangerous.  Records show Dawson has a prior criminal record.

Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS or call 911.


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