MIAMI GARDENS, FL. (WSVN) — It’s been a heartbreaking reunion for the owner of a dog who was brought home days after she went missing following the Miami Parks mass shooting.
A captured 7News Chola was reunited with her owner, Willmark Bays, on Sunday.
He said: “I lost my life in the past three days.
Baez showered the dog with kisses and fed it.
A chola and another English bulldog were part of a music video shoot for rapper French Montana that was happening near The Licking restaurant, located along the 17,600 block of Northwest 27th Avenue, Thursday night, the distraught animal owner said.
“Two minutes after we put the dogs back inside, I heard gunshots,” Baez said.
According to eyewitnesses, someone in the crowd claimed their wallet, keys, and watch had been stolen, and shots were soon heard moments later.
Baez said Chola got scared of the gunfire and the commotion and ran away.
Later, he captured surveillance video of a gas station along Northwest 22nd Dog Street while he was driving near gas pumps.
Meanwhile, workers at a nearby Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant said their fast food restaurant was where the Montana family dodged the shooting and took shelter.
“Many of us are deeply traumatized that we didn’t expect this to happen in our workplace,” said employee Victor Lawton.
As for the rapper, Lawton said he wasn’t hurt.
“It was fine, but he was kind of shocked that everything had happened,” said Lawton.
The hail of bullets wounded 10 people. Doctors airlifted four of them to hospital.
Since Thursday’s shooting, investigators have been searching for the person who pulled the trigger.
Lick reopened to customers on Saturday.
As for Chola, after several social media posts, a woman spotted the dog in a garden neighborhood in Miami.
The Good Samaritan picked up the dog, took a picture, and called Bays.
“As soon as I got the picture, I felt so relaxed, so I had a heavy weight off my shoulders,” Baez said.
While Baez and his family are relieved that Chola is home, the other families are still hurting as their loved ones continue to recover from their injuries.
One of the victims is listed in critical condition, a source told 7News, but as of Sunday night the condition of the other nine victims is unknown.
If you have any information about this shooting, call the Miami Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Don’t forget that you can always remain anonymous and you may be eligible for a bonus of up to $5,000.
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