Suspect Shoots Elderly Couple on Road

Family members talk to NBC 6 about the shooting

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    Police investigate after 62-year-old Oscar Padilla and 51-year-old Maritza Colindres were shot while on their way home in Miami-Dade. (Published Friday, Aug 10, 2012)

    Hector Galeano shows us around the bloodstained car his aunt and uncle were in when they were shot by a man the family knows as "Flaco."

    "He confronted them about my cousin and he just shot them. He pulled up and just shot them," said Galeano.

    Inside of that car were 62-year-old Oscar Padilla and 51-year-old Maritza Colindres. A mutual friend was in the backseat. On Saturday night, the couple was on their way home, traveling northbound, when Miami-Dade Police say they were cut off by a man in a red pick-up truck.

    Hector says Flaco was looking for the victims' son. He did not know what for but says his aunt and uncle were not involved. He believes they even tried to calm the shooter down.

    "This is an elderly couple, very religious. They have no weapons. It's a shame," said Galeano.

    The shooting happened just blocks away from the couple's home. The witness in the back seat of their Toyota Corolla was not hurt. The victims were rushed to Ryder Trauma Center, where they underwent surgery.

    "My uncle was shot three times. And my aunt six times. They are in very serious condition. We got a chance to see them but obviously they are not conscious," Galeano said.

    The family is now praying for their safe recovery and for justice. They believe the shooter has been caught.

    "A guy who had been threatening other members of the family. You don't know what he could have done if he was not captured," he said.

    Miami-Dade police did not confirm a suspect was under arrest. They describe the suspect as a White Latino with a thin build who responds to the name "Flaco" and drives a red pick-up truck. They continue to ask for help from those who may know something regarding the case. Residents can call Miami-Dade crimestoppers at 305-471-TIPS.