MIAMI – The 20-year-old man who was shot and paralyzed from the waist down during an altercation with three teenagers outside his home in Miami is asking anyone who knows who the teens are to come forward.
Police still haven't made any arrests in the shooting that left Bryan Perez in a coma for four days and bound to a wheelchair.
"My life has changed from here on out," Perez told Local 10 News. "I'm not going to be able to do the things I want."
Surveillance video captured the three teens walking inside the apartment complex on Northeast Fourth Court near San Simeon Way on Aug. 25.
Perez said he was on the porch with his cousin when a guy in a red jacket and with a short beard approached him with two others and tried to force them back into the apartment.
Knowing his pregnant girlfriend and mother were inside his home, he refused to let them in. As Perez tried to close the sliding glass door to his apartment, at least one of the teen's fired a gun in his direction.
"I was conscious throughout the whole thing – in the ambulance and the helicopter," said Perez. "When they put me to sleep at the hospital, I thought that was the last breath I was going to take."
Perez's cousin, 21-year-old Sebastian Antequera, was not injured in the shooting.
Police said the teens came back to the home while Perez was in the hospital and stole several items, including a safe, a TV and other electronics.
If you know anything about who those teenagers may be, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.
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