Man Charged in Fatal Nail Salon Shooting Charged in Separate Murder: North Miami Police

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    The man charged in the fatal Miami-Dade nail salon shooting of 10-year-old Aaron Vu has been charged with murder in a separate shooting in North Miami, police said Thursday. NBC 6's Diana Gonzalez reports. (Published Friday, Dec. 6, 2013)

    The man charged in the fatal Miami-Dade nail salon shooting of 10-year-old Aaron Vu has been charged with murder in a separate shooting in North Miami, police said Thursday.

    Anthawn Ragan, 19, was previously charged with first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a violent career criminal in the Nov. 1 shooting at a Motel 7 at 13445 Northwest 7th Ave., North Miami Police said.

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    Police said Ragan and two other suspects arrived at the Motel 7 and shot the 21-year-old victim, Luis Perez, twice at close range.

    Meantime, Miami Police confirmed Thursday that Ragan was also arrested Nov. 4 for an Oct. 23 store robbery.

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    In that incident, Ragan and two other unknown suspects entered the store at 5222 Northwest 7th Ave. armed with guns, with Ragan telling the victims to lie down as another suspect yelled "This is not a joke, give the money," according to an arrest affidavit.

    Ragan forced the victim to give him money from the cash register before the suspects fled south on Northwest 7th Avenue, the affidavit said. Ragan was charged with armed robbery with a firearm and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony, according to the affidavit.

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    In the Motel 7 case, two men are seen shooting down the walkway of the establishment in video released by police.

    Police are still looking for the second shooter, who is seen getting out of a 1999-2000 dark colored four-door Nissan Maxima in the parking lot of the motel on the night of the murder. A witness saw him shoot Perez several more times as he lay on the ground, police said.

    "We don’t know if the second person in this homicide has anything to do with the 10-year-old death,” said North Miami Police spokesman Major Neal Cuevas.

    He was referring to the Nov. 22 murder of Aaron Vu during a robbery at the Hong Kong nail salon at 14832 Northwest 7th Ave. Ragan was arrested four days later and faces charges that include first-degree murder with a firearm.

    Ragan and another suspect barged into the salon, demanded cash and valuables at gunpoint and then fired into the store as they fled, police said.

    Aaron Vu was killed at the scene. His father, Hai Vu, was shot but survived.

    Police said Perez was living at the Motel 7 when he was killed. He appeared in bond court in March for marijuana possession, but the charge was dismissed.

    Police said the motive does not appear to be robbery because a witness heard Ragan shout "f--- we here for you!"

    The suspects fled in the Nissan Maxima. Police said the chrome "Maxima" label on the rear of the vehicle is not visible.

    Police are looking for a second suspect in the nail salon shooting and several others in connection to the Motel 7 shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

    Miami-Dade Police Director J.D. Patterson has appealed for the public's help finding the second suspect.

    "We're not done with this case yet," Patterson said. "We are not going to stop looking for him but we definitely could use information that somebody might have out there in our community that could help us close this case by bringing this second person into custody as well."

    In November, Ragan was taken into custody at a family member's residence after police received a tip.

    "It's kind of crazy, it's kind of tragic when somebody with a gun decides for no reason, for no even common sensical reason, decides to just shoot, and don't even look at what they're doing," Patterson has said.

    Patterson said Ragan is also facing charges for an armed robbery that happened on Nov. 9 in North Miami.

    Hai Vu spoke last month with reporters to plead for the public's help in solving the crime.

    "Why did this have to happen? Why couldn’t it just have been me?" he asked. "They killed an innocent child."

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