Repo man grazed by bullet while sitting in tow truck

Victim drives himself to North Shore Medical Center

By Madeleine Wright - Reporter

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. - A repo man was grazed by a bullet Friday morning while sitting in his tow truck in northwest Miami-Dade County.

The shooting occurred about 5:30 a.m. on Northwest 11th Court.

Miami-Dade police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said the driver was sitting in his tow truck in a parking lot when someone inside a dark gray Ford Fusion opened fire at him and an assistant, who was in another vehicle.

Zabaleta said the shooter and an acomplice then fled in a black Infinity Q50 that had been repossed on Northwest 147th Street near Northwest 11th Court.

The 31-year-old driver was struck by a bullet fragment and drove himself to North Shore Medical Center. A spokeswoman for the hospital said he has since been discharged. 

Zabaleta said the driver's 23-year-old spotter wasn't struck.

Three bullet holes could be seen in the front windshield of the tow truck. The back windshield was shattered.

"Unfortunately, incidents of this kind are becoming a monthly occurrence here in South Florida," Specialized Towing and Transport said in a statement. "We would like to remind the public that recovery agents are simply doing their job and that no vehicle or collateral is worth taking a person's life. We are working to help investigators in this incident in hopes that the responsible persons are found so that it can serve as an example to others and also, bring awareness to the public." 

Sky 10 was flying overhead shortly after police stopped a gray Ford Fusion less than a mile away from the shooting scene. Police detained the driver.

A woman told Local 10 News that the driver is her son and the car is a rental.

"My son is disabled," she said. "He's just taking his baby to school."

She claims her son had nothing to do with the shooting.

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