Miami-Dade County

Man paralyzed from waist down after teens shoot him at apartment

Bryan Perez was on his porch, minding his own business, when three teenagers loitering in the North Miami-Dade apartment complex caught his attention.

The next few moments were disastrous.

An effort to confront the teens backfired, with Perez and a friend being forced back into the apartment at gunpoint. When Perez tried to slam the sliding glass door shut to keep the teens out, one of them fired his weapon.

Several shots shattered the glass. Perez was hit in the spine.

The 20-year-old North Miami-Dade resident is now paralyzed from the waist down and in critical but stable condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Perez’s friend Sebastian Antequera, 21, was not injured.

Miami-Dade police are searching for the three teens involved in last week’s attack at the Fairview apartment complex in the 20700 block of Northeast Fourth Court, and are asking for the public’s help.

According to police, Perez and Antequera were sitting inside an enclosed patio in the apartment complex about 10:50 p.m. Aug. 18 when they noticed the loitering teens.

Suspicious, Perez left the porch and confronted the trio near a stairwell. But he was forced back toward his apartment when the teens pointed their guns at him. They forced Perez and Antequera into the apartment through the rear sliding glass door.

Perez tried to separate from the teens by slamming the sliding glass door shut. But one of the teens fired his weapon through the glass, striking Perez. Before they left, they stole unidentified property from Antequera, police said.

Detectives asked anyone with information to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477, or send a text message to 274637. Tips can remain anonymous.