MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. -

After a man in a wheel chair was shot dead, the killer took police on a high-speed chase Tuesday, police sad. It ended in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 near Miami Gardens.

Raw video of high-speed chase

The 58-year-old man was shot dead about 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of  Northwest 95th Street and Seventh Avenue. Witnesses told police that the gunman, identified Tuesday night as Rodney Louis, 27, was in a gold Chevy Impala. About 10 a.m., he was weaving in and out of traffic on I-95 in northwest Miami-Dade County.

About 10 minutes later, Louis crashed into a black car near the Miami Gardens Drive exit. The driver's door was pinned against the median. The driver of the black car suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital.

Police cars surrounded Louis' car with their guns drawn. He got out through the passenger side and surrendered.

MAP | Crime scene and arrest spot

"Anyone who would commit a crime of this caliber at 9:30 in the morning is someone we need  off the streets," Miami-Dade police spokeswoman Robin Pinkard said.

Witnesses told Local 10 News that the victim was homeless and frequented the intersection to ask for money.

"He sells water on the corner often --almost everyday," Jahziah Sandoval said.

A woman who sells water on the opposite corner told Local 10 News the victim is her husband's step father, and said he is not homeless. She said money has been tight and he was bound to a wheelchair due to his arthritis.

Residents talk about shooting victim

JOHN TURCHIN. OKAY, JOHN, THANKS A LOT. THE VICTIM IS KNOWN IN THE AREA AND HE IS NORMALLY SEEN IN HIS WHEELCHAIR AT INTERSECTIONS. LOCAL10 NEWS REPORTER CHRISTINA VAZQUEZ LIVE AT THE SCENE IN MIAMI WHERE HE WAS SHOT. Reporter: INDEED, CALVIN, THERE IS NO SHORTAGE OF PEOPLE IN THIS AREA WHO KNEW THE MURDER VICTIM, NO SHORTAGE IN THE OUTRAGE ABOUT HIS VIOLENT DEATH. HE'S ALWAYS ON THE CORNER ASKING FOR MONEY. Reporter: POLICE DESCRIBE IT AS A RUTHLESS ROADSIDE EXECUTION STYLE MURDER OF A WHEELCHAIR BOUND MAN. WE'RE LIVING AMONG PEOPLE WHO ARE COLD AND HEARTLESS. Reporter: WITNESSES TOLD POLICE THE MAN GOT OUT OF HIS CAR WITH A FIREARM, OPENED FIRE. A DEFENSELESS PERSON. IT'S COWARDLY. . Reporter: THIS MAN HEARD GAVE FIVE GUNSHOTS, HEARD A WOMAN CRYING. BRINGING SURVEILLANCE VIDEO FROM A NEARBY GAS STATION CAUGHT THE MOMENT PEOPLE RUSHED IN TO HELP, BUT IT WAS TOO LATE. HE WAS DEAD. VERY POOR, ASKING FOR MONEY. THIS IS NOT RIGHT. Reporter: AND THE 58Y-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO WOULD OCCUPY THIS WHEELCHAIR IN THE SHADOW OFF A I95 OVERPASS WAS A DAILY FIXTURE IN THE LIVES OF PEOPLE WHO LIVE AND WORK NEARBY. I JUST COULD WORKING WOUNDED SEE HIM AS A WOULD LEAVE THE HOUSE AND GO ON MY WAY, AND TO COME HERE TODAY AND SEE THAT SOMEBODY HAS KILLED HIM, YOU KIND OF WONDER WHAT COULD HAVE PROVOKED SOMEBODY TO GO TO THAT EXTENT. THAT'S WHAT OUR HOMICIDE DETECTIVES ARE WORKING DILIGENTLY TO FIND OUT WHY THIS MAN'S LIFE WAS TAKEN THIS MORNING. IT'S COLD. IT'S JUST COLD. Reporter: AND KEEP IN MIND THE TIME ALL OF THIS IS HAPPENING. IT'S AT THE TAIL END OF MORNING RUSH HOUR. THIS IS HAPPENING AT 9:30 IN THE MORNING. NOW, POLICE DETECTIVES ARE STILL TRYING TO MAKE THIS CONNECTION BETWEEN THE SHOOTER AND THAT AGAIN WHEELCHAIR-BOUND VICTIM. WAS IT RANDOM? WAS IT TARGETED? IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION, CERTAINLY GIVE THEM A CALL. MEANTIME, THE MAIM OF THE VICTIM IS NOT BEING RELEASED BECAUSE POLICE ARE STILL WORKING TO

Another woman also claimed to know the victim well. She and the victim's daughter-in-law said it all went downhill three years ago, after he lost his disability check.

"He do nothing bad to nobody," said Indiana Baez. "I think they robbed him for the money that people give everyday, but it is little."

Pinkard said police officers were able to catch the man's killer after multiple witnesses provided a description of the gunman and the getaway car. As the investigation continued on Tuesday afternoon, southbound traffic on I-95 could not exit at Northwest 95th Street.

Louis is charged with first-degree murder, fleeing and eluding, grand theft and resisting arrest without violence.

Fatal shooting leads to high-speed chase near Miami Gardens

Published On: Aug 26 2014 01:05:36 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 27 2014 09:49:43 AM EDT
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