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Man discusses hearing gunshots same night woman killed while driving on I-95

Shooting witness speaks exclusively with Local 10 News

Melissa Gonzalez, 22, was fatally shot Jan. 3 while driving on I-95 in northwest Miami-Dade.
Melissa Gonzalez, 22, was fatally shot Jan. 3 while driving on I-95 in northwest Miami-Dade. (WPLG)

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A man that heard gunfire at the same time a young woman was shot and killed on Interstate 95 is discussing what happened that night.

Melissa Gonzalez, 22, was killed earlier this month while driving on I-95 in West Little River.

The man who heard the gunfire does not want to be identified because he fears whoever killed Gonzalez could go after him too.

“The second they started shooting, it scared me,” the man said.

He told Local 10 News he was standing in a parking lot near the highway when he heard a series of rapid-fire gunshots.

“It was like eight shots in a row,” the man said.

The man said he dropped to the ground as soon as the bullets went flying on the night of Jan. 3.

He also said he didn’t see the shooting or Gonzalez’s vehicle, but he did see a suspicious gray car leaving the area on a service road.

Gonzalez, a recent FIU graduate, was planning to take the LSAT, but her dreams of becoming a lawyer were cut short that evening while driving on the busy South Florida highway near northwest 79th street, with her boyfriend in the passenger seat.

Detectives have ruled out road rage and think it may have been a stray bullet that killed Gonzalez.

“It’s a very populated area, people talk,” said Miami-Dade Police Det. Juan Segovia. “Somebody out there knows who committed this heinous murder.”

They released an image of a car they’re looking for, which can be seen below.

Police are searching for this car in connection to a deadly shooting on I-95.
Police are searching for this car in connection to a deadly shooting on I-95. (WPLG)

Anyone with information is urged to contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.


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