Man shot at Pembroke Pines gas station dies; suspect arrested

Steven Charles Dawson charged with first degree murder

Steven Dawson.
Steven Dawson.

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – A man was arrested after another man was shot to death at a gas station in Pembroke Pines.

It happened around 3:45 p.m. Saturday at the Chevron gas station on Taft Street and University Drive.

Police said Steven Charles Dawson got into a confrontation with a car wash employee at the gas station -- identified by a gas station clerk as Josh -- and then shot him multiple times. Deputies say Dawson turned himself in to authorities late Saturday night. He faces first degree murder charges.

Hani Kazemzadeh, the clerk inside, said he was working when the shots rang out.

"I heard like eight or nine shots, and then I turn and I saw this guy full of blood," said Kazemzadeh.

Just before the shooting, police said Dawson chased his victim through the gas station. The victim tried hiding in this black Mercedes. The car's owner had just parked it outside to get it washed, and that's where Dawson allegedly shot him.

"The suspect shot the victim multiple times, striking him twice in the back," said Cpt. Al Xiques, of Pembroke Pines police. "We are actively searching for the suspect in this case. We consider him to be armed and dangerous."

Witnesses said Dawson left the scene in his car, described as a late model silver Chevy Impala with black rims.

"He was very calm," Kazemzadeh said. "Put his gun in his pants and then drove away."

Authorities said the victim was taken to Memorial Pembroke Hospital, where he died during surgery.

Police didn't say what were the exact circumstances behind the shooting, but told Local 10 this all stemmed from what they're calling "a domestic dispute."

"The victim was targeted in this case. It was not a random act of violence," said Xiques.

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