At around 3:45 p.m., the man was driving in the 11800 block of NW 12th Street when he was shot, Miami-Dade police said. Police said the driver tried to side-swipe Ripley's vehicle, and the auto then blocked her, and a passenger got out of the vehicle and demanded drugs from her.
There has been a heartbreaking development in a South Florida Amber Alert.
An Amber Alert that had been issued for Alejandro Ripley was canceled on Friday morning.
Authorities said the boy had autism and was non-verbal.
"She says she does not have any drugs".
Miami police detective Angel Rodriguez said that when the mother insisted that she had no illegal narcotics in her possession, the bandit snatched her cellphone and pulled her son out of the vehicle. She said the suspect snatched her son and her cellphone, according to police, then got back in the vehicle, which drove away. One of the alleged abductors is believed to have been wearing all black clothing and a black bandanna over his face. "He may also have cornrows in his hair".
One of the Home Depot employees told WSVN that Ripley was abducted after two unknown men rammed their vehicle into his mother's auto.
Investigators are warning the public not to approach the suspects if spotted - but instead to call law enforcement immediately.
The body of an autistic boy reportedly abducted outside a Home Depot was found at a Florida country club on Friday, ending an overnight search by police. Police questioned employees at the Home Depot where Ripley was abducted, as well as the boy's family. Officials have not yet revealed the identity of the victim and the cause of death remains under investigation.
Newsweek reached out to the Miami-Dade Police Department and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for comment or further information but did not receive a response in time for publication.