Family of supermarket shooting victim speaks out
DORAL, Fla. (WSVN) -- The family of a South Florida man who was shot and killed in a supermarket parking lot are turning to the public for help in identifying the gunman.
Police said the shooting death of 71-year-old Miguel Pilotos appears to be an attempted robbery. Newly released surveillance video shows a man riding a bicycle in the Opa-locka location, then circling back and following the victim to his sport utility vehicle. The man on the bicycle is then captured shooting Pilotos and riding off.
Police said the unidentified gunman fired a single shot to Pilotos' head. He later died from his wound.
The victim's widow, Aida Pilotos, said she wants her late husband's killer found. Speaking in Spanish, she said she wants "justice." The couple had been married for 25 years.
In front of reporters from the Miami-Dade Police Department Pilotos said she's destroyed by her loss. "I'm empty because I know everyone has to die, but not this way," she said in Spanish.
Surveillance video from inside the supermarket on the 139th block of Northwest 27th Avenue in Opa-locka shows a clear image of the suspect moments before he discharged his firearm on Pilotos. "Ultimately, it appears that he selected Mr. Pilotos as a victim," said Miami-Dade Police Department Detective Nick Pimental. "He stalked him as he exited the store, stalked him through the parking lot, and ultimately approached Mr. Pilotos."
The victim's family shared photos of the 71-year-old, who, they said, came to South Florida from Cuba to live the American dream. "The family needs help from the community," said Roberto Pilotos, the victim's nephew.
If you recognize the subject in the surveillance video or 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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