“Excessive On Mushrooms,” the accused Miami Seashore shooter tells police he felt empowered and selected the victims at random – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A 22-year-old man told Miami Beach police he felt empowered and decided to randomly shoot two people, kill one and wound another after getting high on mushrooms on Tuesday night.

According to police, Tamarius Blair Davis shot a man who was sitting with his family outside of La Cerveceria de Barrio on Ocean Drive near 14 Street.

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The second victim was shot but suffered no life-threatening injuries.

The man who lost his life is celebrated as a hero by his uncle.

Michael Wakefield said his 21-year-old nephew Dustin was eating with his family when the shooter approached.

The video from CBS4 News partner The Miami Herald shows the arrest. One warning, however, images can be unsettling.

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He said Dustin stood between him and his family and was shot at least three times. Michael calls his nephew a hero.

Marketeta Bradford tells CBS4’s Peter D’Oench that she was at La Cerveceria de Barrio when the shooting broke out around 6:30 p.m.

He (Dustin) said to the shooter: “He said this is my son. This is my son. This is my family and he shot him three times. And he turned a little and walked away as if nothing was going on. “

She was referring to the suspect who danced around the victim after he was shot.

Bradford said, “I feel hurt. I have pain. I feel insecure. I feel like I’m no longer on vacation. I feel like this was a horror movie. “

Cell phone video shows Davis being arrested and yelling in an alley, “I did it. I did it. I did it.”

“He danced on the guy after the shooting,” said a witness who refused to be identified.

The witness added that he saw three shots from about a meter away.

Police said a Miami Beach park attendant heard a gunshot and looked toward 14 Street and Ocean Drive. He watched a person being stalked by Davis. Then, according to the police, several shots were fired.

Authorities said the park ranger saw Davis shoot towards the ground. At the same time, the police said they had received several emergency calls regarding an active shooter in the area.

When police responded to the area, officers watched Davis attempt to open a locked door while holding a gun. The officers said they gave loud verbal commands to the officers
The defendant dropped the gun and he obeyed.

Davis was then taken into custody.

Forces said they found a victim with multiple gunshot wounds and a second victim was shot but not injured.

Police said witnesses clearly identified Davis as the shooter.

Authorities said Davis waived his constitutional rights and confessed to shooting both victims.

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Davis said he was high on mushrooms, which made him feel empowered. He told police he had randomly picked two men to shoot.

Davis faces multiple charges, including second degree murder with a gun and attempted murder.

Timothy Burgess said he saw the gunman fire another shot before the murder happened.

“So I sit in the alley and see the guy and he likes to talk. He drops his backpack, pulls out a gun and shoots and I think it’s time to go, ”he said.

Burgess said he ran away.

“I thought, ‘Hey, this guy’s got a gun.’ And I come here and he’s on mine and he’s chasing me around the car, “Burgess said.

Completely unsuspecting, moments later, the same man he said was chasing him would shoot and kill a random man moments later.

Dustin was admitted to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

“It was just very sad. It makes you realize how fragile life is. You are nowhere safe. There are too many guns on the street, that’s just my opinion, ”said tourist Natasha Marshall.

Dustin’s uncle said Wakefield was on vacation with his wife and one-year-old son.

He was from Castle Rock, a town 30 miles south of Denver, and worked in the construction industry.

Miami Beach Police Department spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez said: “In an interview with the subject, he announced that he was under the influence of narcotics and confessed to the shootings. Unfortunately, this was a completely accidental act. There is no motive behind it. “

Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said, “This is awful. There is no other way to describe it. The fact that this was an arbitrary and pointless act obviously gives no consolation to Mr. Wakefield’s family. We can only say that our hearts are with them. “

Wakefield’s uncle said he was a construction worker and loved music.

On Wednesday evening, the Wakefield family released the following statement:

“There are few words in the English language that can convey the depth of Dustin’s love and generosity. For us, his family, he was the best son / brother / uncle / cousin / nephew / grandson anyone could ask for. His heart has always put others first, from a young age.

As a man, he was a loyal and loving husband. Karina is the love of his life and she knows it. His love for her should inspire us. As a father, he was full of love and pride. His son knows he is loved.

As a friend, there is no living person who has not always felt his kindness, acceptance and love from him. He would give freely to everyone and give from the heart with love and acceptance.

He loved god. He lived in faith and peace every day and shared it with others.

It is in his true character that he buried to protect his family. He is that man. We are very proud and comforting of the fact that we have been blessed with the man who stepped before the bullet to save others. He always has been and he will continue to be our hero. “

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A gofundme page was created to help out Dustin’s family. Click here if you want to help.

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