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Sheriff: Man dead after being found shot several times inside SUV that crashed into Rooms-To-Go

Posted at 2:43 PM, Apr 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-07 10:45:18-04

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. — A mother is pleading for help to find who is responsible for shooting and killing her son in a bizarre chain of events that ended with an SUV riddled with bullet holes crashed into the front of a Rooms-To-Go.

"What I can’t understand is, what was the reason for them killing my son?" said Denise Miller.

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That’s what investigators are still trying to piece together. Deputies were called to the scene around 3:15 a.m. on Saturday. They found 30-year-old Jerome Miller in the driver's side of the vehicle suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

EMS and fire officials started life saving efforts, but Miller later died at an area hospital.

"What did he do so bad that they had to murder my son?" his mother, Denise Miller said.

Detectives are working to determine when and where multiple shots were fired at the vehicle. They say they do believe this is an isolated incident that may have been drug-related.

"One thing I do know, this has gotta stop. It’s going too far. Everybody’s shooting. Everybody’s got a gun. Little kids have guns," said Denise Miller.

Denise Miller says her son Jerome wasn’t perfect, but he was a father and husband and didn’t deserve this.

"He's going to be missed forever," said Denise

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $5000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person responsible for this murder. Please call 941-747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at -866-634-TIPS if you have any information

"I can’t get revenge but I hope they get them. Please, somebody, help me get the people that killed my son — it's all I want," said Denise.