An armored truck guard died after he was shot and robbed while making a stop at Calder Casino and Race Course in Florida.
FBI officials believe the suspects spotted the armored truck in a Walmart parking lot Aug. 21 and allegedly stole a truck so they could follow the vehicle to the casino located in Miami Gardens.
WFOR-Ch. 4 reported the guard was shot as he walked out of the casino and later died at the hospital.
Surveillance video shows a man walking toward the casino and then jumping into a truck after the robbery. The truck was later recovered at a nearby hotel and four suspects were later arrested.
Authorities believe three people took part in the robbery. Officials did not say whether the robbers made off with any money.
“The staff and management of Calder Casino & Race Course share the grief and sorrow that the victim’s family, our team members, guests, and community are feeling following this tragic act of violence. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim,” Calder president Austin Miller said in a statement.
“As we express our condolences, we also want to thank the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department, the Miami Gardens Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for their swift actions on this case," Miller continued. "We are fully cooperating with the law enforcement agencies during this ongoing investigation. As members of the Calder team were first responders to this tragedy, our Employee Assistance Program will have professional counselors on-site to provide emotional support to those affected by this tragedy.”.
Calder opened its casino building in January 2010. The building has approximately 1,200 slot machines. The casino is on the east side of Calder’s property, and is accessed via the N.W. 27th Avenue entrance.
Calder’s racetrack grandstand is located directly west of the casino.