Opa-Locka (CBSMIAMI) —-There were tense moments at an Opa-Locka apartment complex after a 25-year-old man was gunned down while in his car.
Extra Opa-Locka police officers raced to the Glorieta Gardens Apartment complex at 13001 Alexandria Drive late Friday morning when a scuffle broke out as anxious loved ones rushed to the scene and some of them tried to get through yellow crime scene tape.
At least three people were temporarily taken in to custody right next to where the body of Frank Brenton Labady was discovered in his black car.
Detective Alvaro Zabaleta, a spokesman for Miami-Dade Police, told CBS4’S Peter D’Oench, “Given that grieving family members want to know what happened we can understand how they felt after finding out about their loved one.”
Zabaleta said “He (Labady) was in a black Chevrolet Malibu when the subject who was armed pulled out his firearm and demanded the victim’s car. He did not comply and he tried to drive away and that’s when the subject fired in to his vehicle. The victim tried to leave but he hit a wall.”
He said firefighter-paramedics were not able to save the victim’s life.
“That’s what this appears to be,” said Zabaleta, “that this was an armed carjacking.”
Zabaleta said police need witnesses to come forward.
“This happened at 11:33 in the morning and we know that people were around,” he said. “We know that there are people out there who may have seen something, who may have seen this person fleeing on foot.”
Zabaleta said there was not a good description of the shooter but he and some other people were seen running away.
Records show that Labady had been arrested before for aggravated battery on a pregnant woman but it is not known if that had anything to do with this crime.
Zabaleta said there had been a number of crimes at the complex recently including a police-involved shooting after a special police detail was there and he said there was also a homicide at the complex a month and half ago.
Because of the crime, he said the surveillance camera system had been upgraded. Zabaleta said detectives were working with the complex and would be looking at tape and hoped that that would help them find the shooter.
Meanwhile, complex residents said they were tired of the crime where they live.
Neighbor Monica Colton said, “Every week or every other week, there is always something going on here that is bad.”
Another neighbor Ibet Lopez said, “What happened here today seems normal for this place. This time, I mean this happens too much.”
Anyone with information that can help should call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477). There’s a reward of up to $3,000.