MIAMI (WSVN) - A Miami father is speaking out after he said his son was forced to shoot a suspected armed robber in order to protect his family.
The shootout happened in front of the family’s home along Northwest 26th Street, Tuesday night.
Surveillance video showed Luis Cabrera’s son, his wife and two young boys — ages 1 and 3 — about to open the front gate. That’s when a man dressed in white walked over and confronted the family with a gun, demanding their belongings.
“He comes with a gun, but my son, he do like this to my little boy and his wife,” Cabrera said.
Cameras showed Cabrera’s son ducking and pivoting around a tree until he reaches cover behind a car. Cabrera’s son could then be seen in the video shooting at the man, later identified as 22-year-old Mykece Nathaniel Johnekins.
Cabrera’s daughter-in-law and two grandsons were also caught in the middle of the gunfight.
“He had to do it. It’s his family,” Cabrera said. “My son takes out the gun and shoots like five times. You see the car, ‘Beem, bam, bam, bam, bam.’ I can’t believe it. I not sleep, and actually in my family nobody sleep. It’s a crazy guy. He shoot my family. My son, my little boy, his wife. He come to kill my family.”
Police say Johnekins was the only person hit in the shooting, but the car was left riddled with bullets.
Cabrera is thankful his family escaped with their lives and were not injured.
“God. God. God. Only Him. Only Him,” Cabrera said.
Johnekins remains at the hospital recovering from the gunshot wound to the left side of his neck.
He is under arrest and faces charges of attempted first-degree murder and child abuse.
Police are investigating the shooting as a “Stand Your Ground” incident.
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