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Kendall business owner shot, suspect sought

Authorities say a well-liked mechanic who was shot inside his Kendall shop Thursday morning is not expected to live.

About 2 p.m., Miami-Dade police said Paul Barrow, 46, remained in critical condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, after he was shot at least once in the head.

Barrow, who co-owned Devonaire Service & Tire, 12253 SW 112th Street, was airlifted after a customer discovered his wounded body at the shop.

Miami-Dade Police have no suspects or a motive in the shooting, which occured sometime before 8 a.m. today. Alvaro Zabaleta, a spokesman for the department, said homicide investigators have taken the case.

Zabaleta said it's unclear whether Barrow or the shop had been robbed before the shooting occured.

For several hours this morning, friends and employees arrived anxiously to the shop in the Crystal Plaza after learning about the shooting. All described Barrow as "a very honest man'' who'd worked as a mechanic near the busy 112 Street and 122 Avenue intersection for more than three decades.

"I don't understand what could have happened," said Carlos Moral, a mechanic who's worked for Barrow for 13 years. "He's a great boss. Everybody loves him."

Arnoldo Hernández, who's been a faithful client since 1978, said Barrow first ran a service center at the gas station next door.

"He's such a good guy, someone who will help you out even if you can't pay right away," Hernández said.

Even Zabaleta, the police department spokesman, was a client. He and others spoke fondly of the way Barrow seemed to care more about his customers than making a buck.

The mechanic wouldn't charge to pull a nail out of a tire, many customers said. He also rotated tires for free with each oil change.

Friends said Barrow is married and lives in Kendall.

Zabaleta asked anybody with information to call Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at (305)-471-TIPS.

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