Police investigate fatal parking lot shooting

WSVN 7 News

SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) — The Miami-Dade Police Homicide Bureau is investigating a shooting that left a man dead at a Southwest Miami-Dade Winn-Dixie parking lot.

Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue responded to the scene near U.S. 1 and Southwest 104th Street sometime after 10:40 p.m., Thursday. Juan Agriel, 67, was transported to Kendall Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.  

“I thought that’s awful,” said local resident Anne Franklin. “Geez, I didn’t think anything like that would happen.”

According to officials, a verbal dispute broke out between Agriel and 48-year-old Eric Harris. The dispute escalated and Agriel tried to assault Harris with a tire iron. Harris pulled out a firearm allegedly in self defense, police said, and shot Agriel. Police said Harris called police and remained on the scene.

“People have no patience, no self control,” said Lillian Perez, another local. “I don’t know what’s happening, and I hope it changes.”

Harris and a woman who accompanied him were taken into custody for questioning but later released. There was a dog found in the back seat of Harris’ vehicle. The dog was on the scene when the shooting happened and remained there for several hours.

As investigators searched for clues, they found two guns and multiple bullet casings on the ground. Miami-Dade investigators have not said what the dispute was about, but locals said they have seen the couple before and seem to think the couple lives out of their car. “I figured they’ve been maybe living probably in the lot for a while,” said local resident Ralph De Castro. “When I saw the lady in the news today, I said, ‘this looks just like her. It’s gotta be the same one.’ Then I recognized the car, then I recognized the gentleman.”

Police are now looking at surveillance video footage from nearby stores to make sure this is a case of self defense. So far no charges have been filed, but the investigation is ongoing.

If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.


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