Miami Taxi Driver Shot During Robbery Leaves Hospital

A taxi driver who was robbed and shot at a Miami gas station is finally heading home after more than a week in the hospital.

It's been a week but Jose Pena-Baez was in good spirits as he left Jackson Memorial Hospital Monday fora well-deserved homecoming with his family.

"I have luck, I have my family again and whatever this moment and now I am happy I think," he said.

The father of three said he feels lucky despite spending his birthday fighting for his life after he was shot during a robbery at the Caras Oil gas station at 2810 Northwest 12th Avenue on Jan. 3.

Surveillance video captured the frightening moments when a man with a gun came running at him and demanded his money. There was a struggle and Pena-Baez ended up getting shot in the leg.

Pena-Baez managed to hobble on one leg and call 911 but the robber ran away and hopped into a getaway car. Police are looking for the robber and his getaway driver.

"My life now changed. A grand change," Pena-Baez said.

Even though it was a terrifying experience he said he plans on going back to work so he can provide for his children.

"I have three kids. I need to work for my kids, for my wife and for me," he said.

Anyone with information on the suspects is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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