Police identify man killed outside Aventura gym

Detectives are looking for white Mercedes hatchback

By Tim Swift - Local10.com Digital Editor, Roy Ramos - Reporter

AVENTURA, Fla. - The Aventura Police Department Saturday identified the man killed in a shooting outside an LA Fitness gym.

Police said Omar Darwish, 18, was fatally wounded just before 11:30 p.m. Friday in the gym's parking lot in the 3400 block of Northeast 207th Street.

Darwish was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

One resident described the intense moments when Aventura Police responded to the shooting.

"We could hear the police cars just racing down country club drive and turning in here.  There must have been twenty of them," neighbor Susan Miller said. "It is concerning, but Aventura has always been really safe."

A friend of Darwish, who did not want to be identified, said he talked to Darwish before he was killed. The friend said Darwish may have met up with the wrong people.

"He said he was going to go take care of some business," his friend said.

Another friend, Sergio Acevedo, described Darwish as a good person who loved to dance and make jokes. 

"He didn't deserve to be taken away," Acevedo said.

Detectives are looking for a white Mercedes hatchback that they believe is connected to the shooting.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Aventura Police Department at 305-466-8989 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

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