A 20-year-old man suffered paralysis after a recent armed home invasion at his apartment involving three teens, according to Miami-Dade police.
The incident happened at 10:50 p.m. Monday at 20761 NE Fourth Court.
Detectives said Bryan Perez, 20, and Sebastian Antequera, 21, were seated in Perez's enclosed patio when they saw the teens loitering in the apartment complex.
Perez became suspicious and left his porch to confront the teens, who were now by the stairwell. Police said the teens produced firearms and forced Perez back inside his porch, where Antequera was still seated.
At gunpoint, the teens stole property from Antequera and then forced both victims inside the home through the rear-sliding glass door.
Antequera entered the home first, but when Perez entered, he attempted to close the sliding glass door behind him. Police said the teens fired several shots into the home, shattering the glass door and striking Perez, then fled in an unknown direction.
Perez was airlifted to the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Police said he suffered several gunshot wounds to his torso and extremities, and underwent surgery.
Doctors determined Perez's spine was severed and he would be paralyzed from the waist down, according to Miami-Dade police. He is listed in critical but stable condition. Antequera was not hurt.
The three teens were described by Miami-Dade police as 15-year-old boys who are black.
Anyone with information regarding the armed home invasion is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477) or 866-471-8477.