Man arrested following fatal shooting inside Coral Gables Publix store

A man is facing charges after a shooting on Saturday at a Publix Supermarket in Coral Gables.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – A man has been arrested on a second-degree murder charge in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred over the weekend inside a Publix Super Market in Coral Gables.

The shooting occurred Saturday night at the Publix at 106 Ponce de Leon.

Cellphone video taken at the scene shows the body of the lifeless victim on the floor near the checkout lines.

Miami-Dade police confirmed that Osmel Lugo-Gutierrez, 51, was taken into custody after the shooting.

Osmel Lugo-Gutierrez. (Miami-Dade Corrections & Rehabilitation)

He was booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center early Sunday morning on a second-degree murder charge.

According to his arrest report, Lugo-Gutierrez shot the victim, identified as Franklyn Jose Pineyro, 50, as the two men were in line to purchase Lottery tickets.

Police said Lugo-Gutierrez approached the victim from the rear where a line was forming and while waiting in line, the two got into an argument.

According to the report, surveillance video shows Lugo-Gutierrez take a step around the victim’s shopping cart as the victim simultaneously lunged at him with his left arm extended.

Police said Lugo-Gutierrez took a step back to create distance between them and when Pineyro took a step closer to him, he lifted up his shirt, pulled a 9mm Glock from his front waistband and fired at Pineyro, striking him once in the chest.

“Our thoughts are with those who are impacted by this tragedy,” a Publix representative said in a statement. “We are cooperating with the local law enforcement. Since this is an active police investigation, we cannot confirm any additional details.”


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