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78-year-old Hialeah restaurant owner shot, killed

Andres Lezcano gunned down at La Fortuna Restaurant, family members say

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HIALEAH, Fla. – A man is dead after being shot at a Hialeah restaurant early Saturday morning, police said.

Family members said Andres Lezcano, 78, was gunned down as he was opening up La Fortuna Restaurant, the cafe he owned and operated since 1992.

"He loved the restaurant, he loved the people, the employees, they were like family for him," said Isidro Lezcano, Andres Lezcano's son.

Hialeah police were called to the restaurant at 1925 West 76th St. Isidro Lezcano said police called him out to the restaurant early Saturday morning, too. A restaurant employee told him what happened.

"Three young men went through a window and pointed a gun at everybody inside," Isidro Lezcano said. "I understand my father was at the counter and tried to reach for his weapon, and in the process he got shot."

Police have not confirmed exactly what happened at the restaurant or how many people may have been involved.

Isidro Lezcano said his father was a hard worker who lived his life around the restaurant. Regular customers knew it, too.

"They worked in the restaurant for a long time. They started in 1992. It was a daily thing for him to start at 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. at night," said Isidro Lezcano. "He was a great guy."

The cafe became Andres Lezcano's second home. The name of his restaurant had family ties.

"La Fortuna was the place in Cuba where my father was born," Isidro Lezcano said. "A lot of people called it La Cachita because my mother's name is Caridad."

Andres Lezcano leaves behind a wife, grown children and two grandkids. As police continue their search for the shooters, the family has a message for investigators.

"The only reason to do this interview is because I hope the Police Department gets the killers," Isidro Lezcano said.

Anyone with information for police can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 305-471-TIPS.

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