CUTLER BAY, FLA. (WSVN) - Police said a man was shot dead overnight in Cutler Bay during a home invasion.
Miami-Dade Police responded to the area of Southwest 222nd Street and 99th Avenue, just after midnight, Tuesday.
Officials said the two subjects waited outside 31-year-old Daniel Macko’s home.
Once he opened his door, they ambushed him and forced their way inside his home, police said.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue pronounced Macko dead at the scene. The gunmen did not stop there, however.
Police said they stole several items from inside the home before fleeing in a stolen black Dodge Ram.
Luis Molina said the Ram was stolen from his home overnight. He said two men held him at gunpoint and forced him to get on the ground. The theft was caught on surveillance video.
“My car was stolen last night,” Molina said. “The police confirmed to me that was the same guy that assaulted me last night for using the car for this crime.”
On Wednesday morning, 7News cameras captured a family member visibly distraught near the home.
“You didn’t know that was going to happen, bro. None of us,” a family member said. “Somebody killed my cousin, man. I was just on the phone with him when it happened. He was just ambushed. I’m just glad the kids weren’t there.”
Residents in the area said the community’s sense of security has been broken.
“Peaceful is definitely a way that I would describe this whole area. Nothing like this has ever happened in my neighborhood before, and I’ve lived here 28 years, so it’s strange,” said Melissa Rosales, who lives in the area. “I think the worst I’ve ever heard is someone will swipe an Amazon package off your front porch around Christmas time.”
Neighbor Ana Lorenzo. said she was awake when shots rang out next door.
“They all are like me: in shock,” she said. “Three gunshots, that’s what I heard. I was in the bedroom. I heard, ‘Boom, boom, boom.’ I never think it was gunshots. I thought it was something else. It is scary. My daughter walks over here at night time, and she said she saw a van and everything.”
Detectives have not said whether or not Macko knew his killers, but they believe his attackers were waiting outside for anyone who pulled up.
Police have not released any descriptions of the subjects.
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