Woman says she watched her father die outside Opa-locka business

Gabrielle Gonzalez inside car with father, 1-year-old during shooting

By Layron Livingston - Reporter

OPA-LOCKA, Fla. - The daughter of a man who was fatally shot outside his Opa-locka business said she watched her father die.

"Shots just came out of nowhere," Gabrielle Gonzalez said Thursday, as she recalled the shooting that claimed her father's life.

Surveillance video shows two men shooting into a parked car outside 2155 Opa-locka Blvd., killing Joe Gonzalez.

"My dad wasn't the type to be in (any) drama," Gabrielle Gonzalez said. "He wasn't that type."

Gabrielle Gonzalez was sitting in the car with her 1-year-old son when bullets started flying.

"He was in my lap," she said. "I tucked him under the steering wheel."

Gabrielle Gonzalez said she and her father were just talking when the first shot was fired.

Surveillance video from a nearby pawn shop shows the shooters running away down Opa-locka Boulevard.

Gabrielle Gonzalez said she's confident that the killers who took her father and her son's grandfather away will be caught.

"I know they are," she said. "They are going to catch them. They are. I don't know how long. I don't know if it's going to be today or tomorrow or a few weeks, but they are."

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