Family pleads for clues to find shooter
NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida family is making a passionate plea for help to find the gunmen who left their loved one in very serious condition after nearly being beaten and shot to death in a robbery.
North Miami Police have announced a $6,000 reward for clues leading to the capture of the two men responsible for shooting 27-year-old Juan Carlos Canalas as many as five times. Though left in bad shape, he survived and was able to provide police with a description of one of the men responsible. Police released a sketch of that suspect on Friday, when the family spoke to the media regarding their desperate search for justice.
"Violent predators beat and robbed Juan of his property and vehicle, and then without any mercy, no remorse, shot him and left him for dead," said North Miami Police Chief Marc Elias, Jr. of the victim.
Canalas was attacked on May 5 and is still in bad shape, said his family. "We try to support him, but it's so hard, very hard for me," Berta Mejia, the victim's mother, said.
It was a Sunday morning, at around 12:20 a.m., Canalas was returning home as an ATM serviceman when two men attacked him in his condominium parking lot at 133rd Street and Northeast Seventh Avenue. They beat him, locked him in the trunk of his company car, and when he escaped, police said, the men hunted him down and shot him. They then took off in his car. It was later recovered.
Canalas was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he has a long recovery. "The shot went in through his shoulder and went out the other side, so he did suffer spinal injury," said Oneida Arrieta, the victim's sister-in-law.
The family said it is hard to see their loved one in such a state. He provided fro his mother and stepfather, adored his nieces and nephews and liked going to the gym. They also noted he never carried any money from his job.
If you have any information on this shooting or recognize the man in the sketch, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for the reward.
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