A Georgia man “randomly” shot and killed a tourist dining outside with his family in Miami Beach, then danced over the body, cops and a witness at the disturbing scene said.
Tamarius David, 22, of Norcross, Georgia, allegedly opened fire on Dustin Wakefield, 21, from close range as he was eating in the outdoor section of La Cerveceria de Barrio on Miami Beach’s famous Ocean Drive on Tuesday night, CBS Miami reported.
“After the shooting, he was dancing on top of the guy,” a witness, who didn’t want to be identified, told the news station.
Wakefield, who was on vacation from Castlerock, Colorado, attempted to protect his 1-year-old son before he was shot multiple times, his family told the Miami Herald.
“This guy came in with a gun waving it, saying ‘It’s time to die.’ He pointed the gun at his son and Dustin said, ‘He’s only a boy,’” his uncle, Mike Wakefield, told the newspaper.
“Dustin stood up between the gunman and the baby and he shot him. He shot him multiple times on the ground.”
The gunfire also struck another customer, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
Authorities have not released the identity of the second victim.
Police responded to 911 calls about the shooter and found David trying to open a locked door while holding a firearm, CBS Miami reported.
Footage showed David in an alleyway next to the scene, yelling, “I did it. I did it,” the Miami Herald reported.
Officers ordered him to drop the weapon and he complied, then was taken into custody.
David — who is referred to as David Tamarius Blair Jr. in some reports — allegedly confessed to “randomly” shooting the two patrons, telling authorities that he “was high on mushrooms, which made him feel empowered,” police said.
He faces charges of second-degree murder with a weapon and attempted murder.
David was being held without bond Wednesday at the Miami-Dade County Jail.