Miami man shot to death wheelchair-bound panhandler, police say

MIAMI Wed Aug 27, 2014 12:19pm EDT

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MIAMI (Reuters) - Miami police arrested a man suspected of fatally shooting a wheelchair-bound panhandler at an interstate exit ramp before fleeing from officers, authorities said on Wednesday.

The Miami-Dade Police Department said Rodney Louis, 27, was charged with first-degree murder, grand theft, and fleeing and eluding police following Tuesday's incident.

"Witnesses stated that a subject exited his vehicle with a firearm, approached the victim and opened fire," the police department said in a statement.

It said the suspect fled in a gold Chevy Impala, which was later spotted by officers. He then crashed into another vehicle and was taken into custody without incident, it said.

"Investigators were able to confirm that the subject apprehended inside the vehicle was the shooter," police said.

Police identified the dead man as Israel Zerquera, 58. The Miami Herald said he was a popular panhandler who was well known in the area of Interstate 95 and N.W. 95 Street.

(Reporting by Daniel Wallis; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

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Toouncommon wrote:
Another coward with a gun murders an innocent man. If we are not going to register guns, can’t we at least register gun owners?

We do not let people without drivers’ licenses drive, do we? Is a car less safe than a lethal weapon?

Treat guns like cars, and gun owners like drivers. Register the guns and license the gun owners.

Get guns out of the hands of crazies and cowards.

Aug 28, 2014 6:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Tarheel72 wrote:
@Toouncommon, no doubt a gun registration law would have motivated this law abiding citizen to go down and sign up with the local law enforcement forces. Get real. There are a huge number of people with guns in the US and only a tiny percentage of them would ever commit a crime. Law abiding citizens would do what you propose, but not the ones that we have to worry about. The program would not help prevent crime one bit. But it would allow the government to keep tabs on its citizens, which is what they want to do anyway.

Sadly, the cost of a free society is that sometimes you have a nut case that will take advantage of the system.

Sep 03, 2014 9:42am EDT  --  Report as abuse
loyalsys wrote:
A gun registration law puts responsibility on sellers of guns to make sure buyers are old enough and sane enough to own a gun.

Yes there will be some out there who will scam the system but at least there will be a record of who the seller thought he was selling to.

A law won’t prevent all crime but will help reduce it.

As far as the government knowing who owns a gun or not, big deal. Compared with getting a ‘draft notice’ it’s nothing.

Sep 03, 2014 12:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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