CORAL GABLES (CBSMiami) – A 19-year-old man shot during a carjacking in Coral Gables Halloween night did not want his identity revealed, for fear of retaliation.
The incident has shaken him. He told CBS4’s Natalia Zea he is grateful for one thing though.
“I’m thankful me and my girlfriend still have a life to live,” said the victim.
That young man said it started in a parking lot near a GNC store next to Sunset place around 10 p.m. Halloween night.
He was in his Infiniti waiting for his girlfriend to get off of work. They had planned to go to a Halloween party. That was until they were approached.
First a teen girl asked if the young man was busy. When he responded that he was waiting for his girlfriend she walked away.
“Two minutes later the guy approached me, I guess it was her boyfriend and he was like, ‘Hey man, sorry to bother you, just letting you know I’m here stranded, I’m here with my girlfriend and with my friends. We’re stranded. We need to get home.”
The young man agreed to give them a ride, and after his 17-year-old girlfriend got in the Infiniti, with all five teens in the backseat, they headed to the 400 Block of Rosaro Street presumably to drop the teens off.
“I put the car in park and quickly he just took out a gun and pointed it to my head and he was like, ‘Get out the car right now, get out the car.’ I got off the car and my girlfriend quickly got off the car too,” he explained.
They began to run toward US-1 when they heard and felt the shots from behind.
“When I got shot, really I was just trying to get me and my girlfriend some help, and that’s it. And when I saw the ambulance come that kind of calmed me down a little bit,” he said.
He was shot in the elbow and the thigh, his girlfriend was shot in the knee.
Both now need surgery and are hoping for an arrest. And whether he faces them in court or not, he says he will never be the same.
“The point of shooting someone is to kill somebody, because they know I saw their faces,” he said. “Don’t trust anyone. It’s a crazy world out there.”
The stolen car is a 2007 black Infiniti G35 with a Miami Heat license plate. The tag number is L53TB. It also has a green valet parking sticker on the rear windshield.
The victim told Zea the teens did not seem like professional criminals. He believes they carjacked and shot him and his girlfriend for the thrill of it.