Innocent Tourist Gunned Down Protecting His Baby in South Beach, MIAMI
An innocent father on vacation with his family was randomly shot and killed while protecting his infant son on South Beach.
It was a beautiful sunny South Florida beach day on Tuesday, Aug 24, when a gunman fired at a pedestrian in front of the Winter Haven Hotel’s entrance on 14th Street on Miami’s famed South Beach. Video shows the pedestrian ran and the gunman turned the corner on Ocean Drive.
Shortly before 6:23 p.m., Marquita Bradford said she saw a man pointing a gun at a toddler at La Cerveceria de Barrio, a Mexican restaurant on Ocean Drive, between 14th Street and 14th Place. She heard another man say, “That’s my son!”
And suddenly, gunfire erupted. A gamer known as Zwë, who lives in Miami Beach, was skating on the boardwalk when he heard gunshots across Lummus Park. A tourist from Georgia was shooting at a tourist from Colorado.
“If you guys are in Miami Beach, stay away … I see a couple hiding behind a wall screaming for me to jump over with them. Shots started blasting, and then it was just the loudest screaming for 20 minutes. So senseless. I’m praying,” Zwë wrote to his nearly 300,000 followers on Twitter.
In a random attack fueled by an apparent mushroom-induced psychosis, Tamarius Davis, 22, of Norcross, fatally shot Dustin Wakefield, 21, of Castle Rock, according to the Miami Beach Police Department. His one-year-old son and his wife witnessed the murder.
In the aftermath of the tragic murder, Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said the disturbing fatal shooting is another tragic sign that the “South Beach Entertainment District” needs to be dismantled.
Although not everyone in the area agrees with Gelber, some owners and managers of restaurants and hotels said they are concerned about crime on Ocean Drive.
“I don’t think it’s safe at times. There is no question during the day, typically is safe, but there is no question it’s not safe at times,” Gelber said.
Videos by witnesses show Davis dancing after the shooting and about four minutes later shouting — “I did it! I did it!” — while officers handcuffed him. A uniformed police officer performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Wakefield. A doctor pronounced him dead at the hospital.
As news of her son’s death reached her, Wakefield’s mother, Lora Wakefield, said through tears that he was a devout Christian. He worked at Design Mechanical, Inc.
“He was a worshipper, the best dad ever,” she said. “We saw miracles. We saw miracles together. His music, his music is amazing.”
Wakefield’s uncle Michael Wakefield shared a fundraiser for Dustin Wakefield’s young family on GoFundMe.
“Dustin loved his family and loved and cared for all he met,” the grieving uncle wrote in a message. “He will be missed in this world. Dustin saved his son and his family.”