Updated with video of the shooting.
The last time 32-year-old Zuheily Roman Rosado had an unmerciful run-in with armed men, it happened to be with members of the Bunnell Police Department several years ago, when they illegally impounded her car on a dubious charge. That was back when the department was doing so almost routinely, and extorting money from drivers who wanted their cars back.
Rosado, a single mother with young children, was working at a local Taco Bell and didn’t immediately have the required $350 to get her car back. She eventually had to pay $800 to retrieve it from a wrecker’s yard in Bunnell. It was called an “excess storage fee.” The incident was detailed in a State Attorney’s report three years ago that detailed how Bunnell and its police department took advantage of drivers through a policy since scrapped.
Thursday evening just past 10 p.m., Rosado, a clerk at the Mobil gas station on State Road 100, was shot and killed toward the end of her shift.
The shooting, judging from a surveillance video the sheriff’s office released, appears to be a targeted hit: the assailant entered the store, immediately went to the counter, shot Rosado, and left rapidly.
It is the second reported homicide in Palm Coast or Flagler County in less than two months. The first was reported after the discovery in mid-January of a man who’d been killed near 16 Covington Lane.
The incident was reported to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office at 10:21 p.m. by a customer who entered the store and discovered Rosado on the floor behind the counter, according to a sheriff’s release. Patrol deputies with K-9 units got to the scene within three minutes of the call, but produced no suspect after setting up a perimeter launching a search.
Rosado lived at 601 Madison Green Circle in Palm Coast, the scene of a shooting just three weeks ago.
The suspect is seen on video entering the store. He is described as a light-skinned man, approximately 5’10” tall, wearing blue jean pants and a dark t-shirt. The man is seen in the video pulling his shirt up over his face. The man is then seen fleeing the store moments later and heading west towards the northbound entrance ramp to I-95.
Deputies searched the area with assistance from Volusia County Sheriff’s Office Air One but were unable to locate the suspect. Detectives were at the scene overnight with investigators from the State Attorney’s Homicide Investigative Unit and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Crime Scene Unit. The scene was cleared after the Medical Examiner and the FDLE processed it.
Detectives are working on obtaining video from the stores surveillance system, but a sheriff’s spokesman said the quality of the video was unlikely to yield identifying information. Video was to be released
once it was available.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 386-313-4911 or call Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida, toll-free, at (888) 277-TIPS. Tipsters who provide information to Crime Stoppers will remain anonymous and can qualify for a reward of up to $1,000.