Florida man faces murder charge in fatal shooting of man in wheelchair begging for money

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: August 27, 2014 - 2:59 PM

MIAMI — A South Florida man is facing murder and other charges in the fatal shooting of a man in a wheelchair who was begging for change along a busy roadway.

According to the Miami Herald, witnesses told police a man in a gray, four-door Chevrolet Malibu pulled up at 9:31 a.m., got out and fired several times at the panhandler. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue arrived and determined that the man had died.

Miami-Dade police say 27-year-old Rodney Louis shot the victim multiple times Tuesday on an Interstate 95 ramp and fled. Officers soon spotted the car, which led them on a high-speed I-95 chase before the vehicle crashed.

The victim was identified as 58-year-old Israel Zerquera of Miami.

Louis was being held Wednesday without bail on charges of first-degree murder, grand theft and fleeing police. A handgun believed used in the shooting found in Louis' car turned out to be stolen.

No motive was given for the crime. Louis declined to speak with investigators, and no attorney was listed for him.

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