Police are still looking for a pair of gunmen who stormed into a North Miami nail salon, robbed the customers and then shot an employee as they fled the scene Thursday night.
The robbery happened at Nails 4 U at 15520 Biscayne Blvd. around 7 p.m., as it was crowded with nearly three dozen customers and employees. Witnesses said the robbers burst in, yelled "hands up" and forced everyone to get on the floor.
"Two young black males entered this business, this 'Nails 4 U', armed with guns. They then proceeded to rob all the customers, any employees and possibly even the owners of all their possessions, handbags, cash, anything they could get," said Neal Cuevas, with the North Miami Police. "They then fled the store, they were followed by two employees and at the back of the store, one of them was shot in the chest."
The employee was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital. He is in stable condition.
The robbers fled the scene in an older model black Cadillac CTS, according to Cuevas. Officers began to search the area for the vehicle, and followed one that matched the description.
By the time police found the car, it had been abandoned in the area of Northeast Fourth Ave. and 55th St.
Hours after the robbery, two men had been detained for questioning, but by early Friday morning they were released, putting police back at square one.
One of the robbers is described as tall and thin and was wearing a white polo type shirt and blue jeans. The other is described as short and thin and was wearing a black shirt and blue jeans.
Cuevas said brazen robberies in crowded stores are becoming the norm.
"Unfortunately, here in Dade County, it seems like it's becoming more of a common occurrence," he said.