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83-year-old arrested for road rage shooting

Witnesses say old man shot at car's tire, window

MIAMI – An 83-year-old man is in custody after he shot at another driver in a road-rage incident in Miami.

The shooting occurred Friday afternoon at Northwest Seventh Street and Northwest 12th Avenue.

Miami police said the driver of a white Acura, identified as Miguel Garcia, was leaving a tire shop and turned into traffic, cutting off a red Volkswagen Beetle driven by 83-year-old Mario Perez-Tano.

A bullet hole is seen in the driver's side window of this car in Miami.

Witnesses told Local 10 News the two drivers began to argue when Mario Perez-Tano got out of the VW and fired two shots -- once at the Acura's tire and a second time through the driver's side window.

Garcia wasn't shot and immediately sped off, only to be pursued by Perez-Tano. Both were stopped by a draw bridge.

Henry Laurido, the owner of the tire shop, was with his two daughters when they witnessed what happened.

Mario Perez-Tano.

"The bad thing about it is the bridge came up, and it caught everybody," Laurido told Local 10.

Miami police officers in the area arrived and arrested Perez-Tano.

Garcia was treated by Miami Fire Rescue and released at the scene for minor injuries.

Police said Perez-Tano was arrested and charged with one count of attempted murder.

About the Author:

Andrew Perez is a South Florida native who joined the Local 10 News team in May 2014.