Man protecting his baby shot dead at Florida restaurant – .

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Man protecting his baby shot dead at Florida restaurant – .


MIAMI BEACH, FLA. – A gunman shot and killed a tourist having dinner with his family at a Miami Beach restaurant as the man protected his 1-year-old son, police and a family member said.

Tamarius Blair David Jr., 22, of Norcross, Ga., Told investigators he shot Dustin Wakefield, 21, on Tuesday night because he “was high on the mushrooms, which made him feel empowered, ”according to his arrest report.

David reportedly told police he approached the patio at La Cerveceria restaurant just before 6:30 p.m. and randomly decided to shoot Wakefield, who was on vacation in Castle Rock, Colorado. In a short video taken immediately after the shooting and obtained by WSVN-TV, the gunman can be seen dancing as people scream. The shooter then climbs a few steps, weapon in hand.

Mike Wakefield, the victim’s uncle, told the Miami Herald that Dustin Wakefield died protecting his young son.

“This guy came in with a gun waving it, saying it was time to die.” He pointed the gun at his son and Dustin said, “He’s just a boy,” said Mike Wakefield, who was not in South Beach but overheard his family’s account. “Dustin stood between the shooter and the baby and shot him. He shot him several times on the ground.

He said of his nephew, who worked in construction, “He was the nicest kid. He loved his family. He loved being a dad.

David fled the restaurant, police said, and was captured in a nearby alley. Cellphone video obtained by the Herald shows David lying on his back, eagle spread wide, and smiling as three officers approach with their guns pointed at him shouting orders, warning him only if he touches his. weapon, he will be shot.

David then rolled onto his side in a fetal position, before rolling onto his back again as the officers approached. David yelled “I give, I give, I give” as the police knock him over on his stomach and handcuff him. Video shows a black handgun lying about 10 feet (three meters) away.

David is charged with murder and was being held without bail Wednesday at the Miami-Dade County Jail. Prison records do not indicate whether he has a lawyer.

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