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Taxi cab driver shot, robbed in Miami

Jose Pena shot in leg during struggle with gunman

MIAMI – Police are investigating after a cab driver was shot Sunday morning during a robbery at a gas station in Miami.

Miami police said the man, identified as Jose Pena, was about to get into his car shortly after 4:30 a.m. when a gunman approached him and demanded money.

A struggle ensued, but Pena was robbed and shot in the leg before getting away in a waiting car driven by an accomplice.

Pena was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center. Local 10 News spoke to the father of three from his hospital bed.

"I said, 'God, please give me one opportunity more with my family," Pena said.

Pena, who was shot on his 40th birthday, was surrounded by family at the hospital, where he underwent multiple surgeries.

"The arteries actually were intact," Dr. Tanya Zakirson said. "The nerves we're still worried about, and we have yet to see if he's going to recuperate from a nervous perspective and be able to walk and function properly."

Despite the incident, Pena said he would return to work when he is healthy enough to do so.

Police released surveillance video of the attack and are searching for an older model white Nissan, possibly a Maxima.


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