by David Ovale
from the miami herald
Miami—Police have arrested a man for his alleged role in a mass shooting outside the Northwest Miami-Dade banquet hall in May that killed three people and injured 20 others.
Daveta Barnes, 22, of Miami Gardens, was booked Thursday night at Miami-Dade Jail on three counts of first-degree murder and 20 counts of attempted murder, records show. He is being held without bond.
His first arrest so far was for the May 30 shooting at the El Mula Banquet Hall that shook South Florida.
That morning, a crowd had gathered for a rap show at Al Mula, 7630 NW 186th St, when gunmen opened fire. Surveillance video showed the crowd dispersing in panic as people fell to the ground and were injured, and bullets of dust were flying over the walls outside the venue.
Those killed in the shooting were Desmond Owens and Clayton Dillard III, both 26, and Shankquia Lechelle Peterson, 32.
Miami-Dade police later said that at least three gunmen in ski masks and hoodies exited a white Nissan Pathfinder and opened fire on the crowd. They reached back to the SUV and got down from the vehicle as others in the parking lot set it on fire.
The stolen SUV was later found in a canal in the area of Northwest 154th Street and Second Avenue.
Investigators said during a news conference that the targeted attack was linked to an ongoing rivalry between the two groups.
Police believe Barnes had a suspicious search for people who opened fire on the crowd.
According to the police arrest report, Barnes was picked up for questioning on Thursday and confessed that he was with the attackers before the shooting. According to an arrest report, “they noticed that at least one subject was armed with a firearm.”
Police said Barnes confessed that he was part of a group that wanted to kill a specific person who was about to appear on the show. Barnes admitted “he walked over to the shooting location in his mother’s Nissan Altima, acted as a lookout just before the shooting, and reported back on other subjects to see if [the intended target] was present at the location,” the report said.
Barnes was not charged with firing with any weapon.
The mass shooting in Al Mula was among high-profile shootings in public places in May and June.
Among them were a wild car chase and shooting near a Miami casino, a mass shooting in Wynwood that killed one and injured six, the murder of a former state senator’s son, and outside a swank South Beach restaurant. firing. A man is paralyzed and a rapper is behind bars.
The flood of violence prompted Miami-Dade and other police departments to launch “Operation Summer Heat”, which was described as an crackdown on violent criminals and guns.
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