MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A Southwest Miami-Dade man is recovering in the hospital from gunshot wounds following an argument over a dog defecating in a yard.
Jose Rey has gone through multiple surgeries, according to family members.
“It was a pretty close call when it comes to his back and possible paralysis but luckily that was avoided,” said Joseph Rey, the victim’s son.
Omar Rodriguez, 66, is accused of shooting Rey.
According to the police report, an argument began while Jose Rey was walking his dog in the area of SW 97th Street and 103 Avenue, near Rodriguez’s son’s home, Saturday night around 9:30.
After the two men exchanged words regarding the dog, the police report states that Rodriguez noticed what appeared to be a shiny object in Rey’s hand. Rodriguez grabbed a gun and fired at least two shots.
A witness told police Rey’s wife ran to his side and Rodriguez threatened to shoot her too if she didn’t leave him alone.
Neighbors told CBS4 Rodriguez doesn’t live in the neighborhood, Rodriguez’s son does, but people are familiar with him because Rodriguez calls the cops to place complaints against his neighbors all the time.
According to Miami-Dade Police, records show Rodriguez has called police more than 90 times.
“We’ve never had any problems in this neighborhood, until this guy moved in. He calls the cops on us when we park on the sidewalk,” said Robert Warmington.
“He’s done everything from calling police on neighbors, code enforcement on neighbors, yelling at old ladies walking down the sidewalk, yelling at them, cursing,” said Robert Suarez, who lives in the neighborhood.
The neighborhood where Rodriguez does live is filled with similar stories.
Surveillance video from one of Rodriguez’s neighbors obtained by Miami-Dade Police allegedly shows him stopping an elderly couple in the middle of the street.
None of Rodriguez’s neighbors would speak with us out of fear out of retaliation.
There was no answer at Rodriguez’s home or at his son’s home.
Rodriguez, who was not injured during the argument, was transported to Kendall Regional Medical Center to be checked out. He was transported to Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center after getting cleared by the hospital.
Rodriguez is charged with attempted second degree murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
His bond was set at $27,500 and his bond hearing is scheduled at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, which is expected to be attended by neighbors and officers who have dealt with him in the past.
“We just really hope that the judge and the state attorney makes sure that he no longer continues to be a threat. Obviously now that he’s willing to take somebody’s life, hopefully they take it seriously,” said Suarez.