Darcy Jenkins Jr., who runs a Northwest Miami-Dade barbecue joint with his father and who was gunned down in his Miramar driveway, was targeted, police said Thursday.
Miramar police spokeswoman Tania Rues said family members said Jenkins had just returned home from work early Thursday morning when someone opened fire, leaving Jenkins dead in the driveway.
“We do believe that he was targeted,” she said.
Jenkins, 28, is married to Opa-locka police Cpl. Nikeya Jenkins. It wasn’t clear Thursday if the two lived together at the home at 7601 Indigo St., where the shooting took place.
Rues said police received several calls of gunshots fired around 2:30 a.m., and were on their way to the home when family members found Jenkins. Investigators on Thursday combed the area for clues and looking for witnesses.
“I don’t know what happened,” Nikeya Jenkins told Miami Herald news partner CBS4. “I’m living a nightmare. They just gunned him down like a dog in the street.”
Police said Darcy Jenkins Jr. lives in the Miramar home with relatives and a 7-year-old son.
Jenkins was featured in a story by CBS last year on the Bar-B-Que Ribs Chicken & Jerk Shack at 12101 NW 27th Ave., where he is listed as controller and manager. The restaurant is down the street from the popular The Rol-Lexx Club strip joint.
In the feature, Jenkins said his business venture, which he jokingly referred to as an “empire,” was born as a pop up restaurant in a strip club parking lot.
State records show Jenkins was arrested by Pembroke Pines police on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in 2011. He spent four months in the Broward County Jail and was on probation for three years. Jenkins received a withhold of adjudication, in which sanctions are ordered but the defendant is not formally charged with a criminal offense.
Details of the arrest were not available Thursday.