Sunday, November 28, 2021

2 charged in Miami Beach, no arrests in other shootings

MIAMI – Police have charged two suspects with attempted murder in a shooting that wounded two people on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, but suspects remained elusive on Wednesday in two other attacks that killed and wounded more people in Miami over Memorial Day -weekend left.

According to arrest reports, Wisdom Awute, 21, and Christopher Urena, 29, are both facing charges of attempted first-degree murder with a deadly weapon and serious assault. Urena is also facing charges of theft and possession of a firearm as a convicted criminal.

Grieving father Clayton Dillard is being led to the foyer of Miami-Dade police headquarters after attending a news conference hosted by Mayor Daniella Levine Cava over the shooting this weekend in Northwest Miami-Dade, in the Fred Taylor Miami-Dade police headquarters, emotionally interrupted. Doral, Fla., May 31, 2021. (Carl Juste / Miami Herald via AP)

Police received several 911 calls just after 11:30 p.m. Monday to report the shooting next to the popular strip of Art Deco hotels and restaurants. Officers found that one person was hit in the shoulder and one in the leg. Both were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where one is in critical condition and the other one has been treated and released.

The Grammy-nominated rapper DaBaby was one of many people detained in the Ocean Drive shooting before police let him go, Miami Beach police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez said. DaBaby – legally named Jonathan Kirk – had one of the biggest hits of 2020 with “Rockstar” and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Record of the Year. A man answering the phone at the record company said, “No comment.”

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DaBaby
DaBaby arrives on March 14, 2021 at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards at the Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. (Jordan Strauss / Invision / AP)

The shooting ended a violent Memorial Day weekend in the Miami area. A mass shooting by three masked suspects outside a banquet hall near Hialeah early Sunday left two dead and 21 wounded, including three who were admitted to hospital in critical condition. And a shooting Friday night killed one person and injured six others outside a venue in the Wynwood area.

There is no indication that the shooting incident is related.

“This is a weekend where we need to remember and enjoy time with loved ones, and instead of mourning here,” Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said Monday.

By Adriana Gomez Licon

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