One dead in another fatal spring break shooting on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach
One person is dead after a late-night shooting Sunday in South Beach, according to Miami Beach police, marking the second fatal shooting on Ocean Drive this weekend during spring break.
Police said a male was shot around 3:30 a.m. near 11th Street and Ocean Drive and was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Unit, where he died. A second victim was injured and treated and released at the scene, police said.
Officers chased a subject on foot and arrested him near 12th Street and Washington Avenue, police said. The police department said in a statement Sunday that it was a “targeted and isolated incident.”
Shooting Investigation: On Sunday, March 19 at 3:29 a.m. Miami Beach Police officers heard gunshots near 11 Street and Ocean Drive and found one male with gunshot wounds along the 1000 block of Ocean Drive.
— Miami Beach Police (@MiamiBeachPD) March 19, 2023
On Sunday evening, Miami Beach police released an arrest report saying Dontavious Polk, a 24-year-old Fort Lauderdale man, was facing first-degree murder charges for the shooting.
Surveillance footage captured from a nearby business showed people walking along a crowded sidewalk when a man pulled out a gun and fired numerous shots at close range at another man walking in the opposite direction with a woman. The gunman ran north on Ocean Drive as people scampered away.
The incident came one night after another shooting on Ocean Drive near Seventh Street about 10:40 p.m. Friday left one person dead and another wounded amid large spring break crowds.
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Miami Beach city officials said Saturday that they would not declare a state of emergency and impose a curfew, as they did after two deadly shootings during spring break last year. But after Sunday’s shooting, City Manager Alina Hudak announced a midnight curfew in South Beach on Sunday night into Monday.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated. Miami Herald staff writer David J. Neal contributed to this report.