Gunman fatally shoots man sitting on curb at northwest Miami-Dade gas station

Motive for shooting unknown, detectives say

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Police are searching for a gunman who fatally shot a man earlier this month while he was sitting on a curb at a gas station in northwest Miami-Dade County.

The shooting was reported at 11:50 p.m. Aug. 10 at a Chevron Gas Station at 2200 NW 95th St.

Police said the victim, identified as Val Gene Black, 41, was sitting on the curb when he was approached by an armed man wearing a hooded jacket.

Police said the gunman shot Black multiple times, continuing to shoot him even after Black collapsed on the ground.

"It just hurts me to know he was shot so many times," the victim's mother, Mary Ann Black, said.

Surveillance video shows the gunman running away after the shooting.

Black's relatives told Local 10 News reporter Christina Vazquez that he was very independent and chose to live on the streets since he was 14 years old.

They said they would check on him often and he would sometimes go back to his mother's home for clean clothes.

"He just wanted to be in the streets," Mary Ann Black, said. "He come back home every now and then and I let him stay and tried to change him, but I couldn't change him. That's how he was."

"When I was taking care of him he did the same thing," Black's sister, Patricia Ann Williams, said. "He didn't want to be home, he didn't want to be there, he wanted to be on the streets."

Black was the youngest of five children. His relatives said he was raised in the Little River area.

A motive for the attack remains unknown.

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


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