Saturday, August 16, 2008

Florida: 2 Dead In Miami Gardens Game Store Shooting

Miami Gardens, Florida

From NBC6 of August 16, 2008
2 Dead In Miami Gardens Game Store Shooting

A gun battle erupted in a store at a shopping mall in Miami Gardens that left two people dead and shoppers running for cover.

The Miami-Dade Police Department said three men entered the MultiVest Xtreme Video Games store on 183rd Street and Northwest Seventh Ave. Shortly after, a gun battle erupted between the manager, Corey Robinson, and one of the men, police said. Police said both the manager and one of the men had a weapon. Both men died at the scene, police said.

“The manager managed to shoot one of the subjects, who is now deceased, inside, and the manager was also shot,” Bobby Williams of the Miami-Dade Police Department said.

Michael Robinson’s son was killed in the incident. He said he is in shock.

“I never thought I would live to see the day that I would be burying one of my own children,” Robinson said.

Witnesses, including shopper David Durham, said they heard gunshots coming from store.

“As soon as we got here we heard ‘Bam bam,’ and that was it. People running and going nuts,” he said.

Workers in a pawn shop nearby the strip all said they keep their store doors closed at all times because they fear something may happen to the people in their store.

“There’s always loud noises and stuff,” Matt Furry of AAA Pawnshop said. “We heard a gunshot go off. We went out there, and we just saw some people laying on the ground.”

Police said the other two men fled the scene. One left on foot; the other in a car.

“We just left the hospital,” Corey Robinson’s sister, Qualyn Gibbs, said. “We couldn’t see him or anything because it’s a crime scene going on.”

Police said they are investigating the scene and looking for the other men.

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

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