Elderly Man Found Shot in Car Near Winn Dixie

The man was found by Northwest 17th Avenue and 34th Street.

By Betty Yu
|  Saturday, May 25, 2013  |  Updated 6:07 PM EDT
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Paramedics rushed an elderly man to Ryder Trauma Center moments after a passerby found him shot inside a black car Saturday morning across the street from the Winn Dixie near Northwest 17th Avenue and 34th Street. NBC 6's Betty Yu reports.

Paramedics rushed an elderly man to Ryder Trauma Center moments after a passerby found him shot inside a black car Saturday morning across the street from the Winn Dixie near Northwest 17th Avenue and 34th Street. NBC 6's Betty Yu reports.

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Paramedics rushed an elderly man to Ryder Trauma Center moments after a passerby found him shot inside a black car Saturday morning.

The Good Samaritan found the man across the street from the Winn Dixie near Northwest 17th Avenue and 34th Street.

"I pass by and I saw the man sitting in the car, with the open the door, and he got blood on his chest," said the man who did not want to be identified.

He asked the man if he had gotten shot and he said yes, so he immediately called police.

Officials don't yet know whether the victim was targeted or robbed, and the shooter remains on the run.

Less than two miles away, Miami Police could be seen speaking to a woman neighbors believe is the man's girlfriend.

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She became visibly shaken on the front porch of the victim's home.

"She was really shook up," neighbor Amelia Henry said. "When I spoke to her she was in tears, she was en route to the hospital because he was in the trauma center."

Neighbors said the man's name is Ervin French.

"He's a likable fellow," neighbor Frank Buggs said. "He's a dedicated fellow to his home and his neighbors."

Buggs said it's not the first time he has been the victim of a crime.

"He's been attacked before in his yard, cleaning his car," he said. "They come up and snatch his chain. I saw the scar around his neck."

Family members said French underwent surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.

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