Twenty-four hours after 46-year-old Paul Barrow was gunned down outside of his Miami tire shop, police are still looking for what caused the deadly shooting.
As customers and employees found out about the shooting Thursday morning, they gathered outside Barrow’s Devonaire Service and Tire at the corner of 112th Street and SW 122nd Avenue.
Barrow, was married and had children, and had co-owned the shop for years and was well-loved in the community.
“Paul, who is probably the most honest mechanic you would want to know we used to use his services,” customer Jodie Crieger said. “Someone shot him this morning. All I know he was shot in the head.”
Chris Covoletski, a friend of Barrow, said he would offer his services for free if customers didn’t have the money for the repairs.
“He’s (Barrow) a community person, he sponsors baseball teams and he helps people who have no money,” Covoletski said. “The people who have no money, he does it (the work) for free.”
Barrow’s body was discovered by a customer who came to the shop. The customer saw him lying critically wounded on the floor near the store’s office.
He was described by friends and coworkers as a kind man, almost to a fault.
Detective Alvaro Zabaleta has asked the public for their assistance in finding the shooter or shooters.
“I want the community to think back on anything they may have seen, a vehicle speeding off, somebody running,” Zabaleta said.
The investigation Miami-Dade Police expect that the case will become a murder investigation. Robbery is among possible motives.
If you have any information about the shooting, call Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).