Police investigate fatal shooting in Miami Lakes neighborhood; shooter at large

MIAMI LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) - Police are searching for a shooter after a man was found dead in the back seat of a car in a Miami Lakes neighborhood.

7News received part of a surveillance video from a neighbor that shows a man walking as a critical clue, Friday.

Witnesses said the man captured on surveillance is the driver involved a crash as well as a killing that happened less than a block away.

According to Miami-Dade Police, a car was traveling southbound on Northwest 89th Avenue when it lost control near Northwest 147th Terrace and crashed into a tree, just before 7:30 p.m., Thursday.

Witnesses said they saw a man get out of the car and take off running. However, when they got closer, the back window of the car was shot out, and they saw a man in the back seat with a fatal gunshot wound.

The victim was later identified as 37-year-old Lester Santana Hernandez. He was shot several times.

The surveillance video, witnesses said, shows the driver pacing back and forth on the sidewalk along Northwest 89th Avenue. He could be seen running as he went around the corner.

Upon arrival, police discovered bullet holes in the rear window of a gray sedan.

Neighbors in the area were shaken up after hearing what took place.

“It was a loud noise and then a bang, but we didn’t think anything of it,” said resident Jorge Perez. “We came out and saw the cops here. We just saw the car there against the tree, so I made sure to lock everything down inside the house – tried to keep the kids away from the windows, ’cause you never know if there’s an active shooter or somebody out there trying to hurt the family.”

Resident Luc Pierre said he’s trying to get past what happened Thursday night. “It is very shocking. This is a nice neighborhood,” Pierre said.

Police believe that finding the man on the surveillance video is the next step to solving this incident.

If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.

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