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Miami-Dade man arrested and charged with murder for fatally shooting a neighbor who worked at the Army & Air Force Exchange store

MIAMI, Florida – According to statements made by police on Friday, a guy aged 28 has been charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of a neighbor who worked at the Army and Air Force Exchange store located on the Homestead Air Reserve Base.

On Thursday, law enforcement officers located and arrested Lazaro Simmons, a resident of Miami Gardens, based on an arrest warrant issued on June 30 for the murder of Elzondro “Enn” McDowell, who was 33 years old.

According to the report that Miami-Dade Detective Hector Montenegro wrote on the affidavit for the arrest request, a young kid who was identified as McDowell’s son witnessed the shooting that took place on June 27 at an apartment building located on Southwest 167 Avenue and U.S. 1.

According to Montenegro, members of Miami Fire Rescue arrived on the scene and pronounced McDowell dead after police officers discovered him lying face up on the first-floor hallway outside of his apartment. Montenegro cited the findings of Miami Fire Rescue officials in his report.

According to Montenegro, the child informed the officers that Simmons was the one who started the altercation with McDowell, brought out a gun, and fired at his father before the child fled away to hide after his father was shot.

According to Montenegro’s account, prior to the shooting, Simmons had made a death threat on McDowell. The disagreement was sparked by a disagreement with a woman who lived next door to McDowell and was also Simmons’ child’s mother.

Since his arrest by law enforcement on Thursday, Simmons has been detained without the possibility of bond being set. He is being accused of murder in the second degree with the use of a weapon. According to the documents filed in the court, he entered a not guilty plea on Friday.

Investigators requested that anybody who may have information regarding the investigation contact Miami-Dade County Crime Stoppers at the number 305-471-8477.

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