Miramar Police released surveillance footage Tuesday of a robbery during which a business owner opened fire on two men after they ambushed and robbed him. The crime occurred at Sam’s West Indian Produce at 3156 South University Drive as 63-year-old owner Erol Morrison was opening his store. He spoke with NBC 6 about the ordeal.
Miramar Police were searching for suspects who robbed a business owner who opened fire on them after they ambushed and robbed him.
The robbery occurred at Sam’s West Indian Produce at 3156 South University Drive as 63-year-old owner Erol Morrison was opening his store.
“They stopped me and they say they want Black and Milds, and I say I didn't have any, and as soon as I walked to the front, they came behind me and take me from behind,” he told NBC 6 South Florida.
Surveillance footage showed two black males, one heavier man who manhandles Morrison and the other who takes cash. Morrison then fired several shots, hitting one of the suspects.
“All I heard was like two or three gun shots,” said Jonathan Rodriguez, who works nearby. “I'm happy that he made it out alive. He had to do what he had to do.”
Morrison described his status after the attack.
“I'm injured, I'm harmed, the beat up on me,” he said.
The suspects fled in a late model burgundy Cadillac CTS with a spare tire on the right passenger side.
Within 24 hours and five blocks away, police investigated a second Miramar robbery at the Wendy's on Utopia Road after authorities said a 22-year-old employee was pistol whipped.
“They basically went into the store demanding cash, confronted several employees that were there, and fled with the cash in a vehicle,” said Tania Reus of the Miramar Police Department.
Authorities are reviewing surveillance video.