Surveillance images shows men involved in Hialeah restaurant shooting, police say

Andres Lezcano, 78, viewing held Tuesday


HIALEAH, Fla. – Police have released surveillance images of two men believed to be involved in the fatal shooting of a restaurant owner in Hialeah over the weekend.

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

The surveillance images show two black men, believed to be in their 20s, running from La Fortuna Restaurant at 1925 W. 76th St. shortly after the shooting.

Police are also looking for a getaway driver, who was waiting in a dark-colored four-door sedan.

The images were released the same day that Lezcano's family held a viewing to say a final goodbye to their husband, father and grandfather.

The victim's son said police called him to the restaurant early Saturday morning. 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 believe that only two men entered the restaurant.

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 grandchildren.

"I want them to be caught and I want them to face justice," Isidro Lezcano said.

Anyone with information about the gunmen is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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