An argument between a husband and wife outside a North Miami-Dade convenience store turned deadly Friday morning.
Miami-Dade Police officers were summoned to the 7-Eleven store on Northwest 103rd Street near Fifth Avenue at about 10:50 a.m. They found a woman dead inside a dark sedan, the apparent victim of a shooting. The woman’s husband was taken into custody.
Police are not identifying the man in custody, or his wife, said Det. Daniel Ferrin, a spokesman for the Miami-Dade Police, until they are able to inform the deceased woman’s family of her death. “We are trying to locate her next of kin,” Ferrin said.
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By mid-afternoon, the woman’s body remained in the car in which she had been shot. Ferrin said that sometimes the Medical Examiner’s Office will have the car towed to its office rather than remove a body prematurely.
When police arrived at the store, the husband was still there, Ferrin said. He complained to officers that he was suffering from chest pains, and was evaluated at a hospital before being released back to detectives. Though he remains in custody, he has not yet been charged, Ferrin said.
“This is very sad, very sad,” Ferrin told reporters. “It doesn’t have to get to this.”
Ferrin said he was not aware of any other calls to the convenience store involving altercations between the husband and wife, who are believed to be the store’s owners. On Friday, he said, they were arguing in the parking lot when the husband drew his gun and began shooting. “They were having a dispute, just a dispute. It went very bad, very quickly.”
“It was very chaotic,” Ferrin said, adding that no one else was injured during the shooting.
Joshua Collins, who lives a couple of blocks from the 7-Eleven, said he was entering the store to buy Arizona Iced Tea when he noticed a friend across the street and waved. That’s when he heard the gunshots. “I ran and ducked for cover,” Collins said.
Collins, 35, said he stops at the store regularly and knows the couple well. “He was very polite. He looked a little stressed out sometimes. She was business as usual.”
In recent months, Collins said, the man was “brandishing a gun” in the store, and Collins figured that was in reaction to a string of robberies.
“I never saw them argue,” Collins said. “I never saw them playful” either, he added.
“If they were married, they didn’t look like a happy family.”