MIAMI – Miami Beach police say there will be increased patrols over the holiday weekend following a fatal shooting at a popular South Beach hotel.
Miami Beach police said just after midnight they received a call about shots being fired at the Clevelander South Beach Hotel.
They arrested 29-year-old Brandon Burris, who was charged with second-degree murder following the shooting.
When officers arrived, they found a man, Dion Moore, 50, who had been shot multiple times and casings on the lobby floor. Moore, who worked the front desk, was taken to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital where he died.
Miami Beach police said they arrested nearby Burris and recovered a firearm. Two witnesses identified him as the shooter, police said.
Investigators said after speaking with witnesses and reviewing security video, they determined that Burris attempted to sneak into the hotel nightclub through the lobby. After several failed attempts, he was approached by Moore and asked to leave, according to the arrest report.
Burris attempted to hit him, but missed, according to the report. As Moore began to walk away, Burris allegedly pulled out a gun and shot him. He was hit at least six times, police said.
By all accounts, Moore was a nice man who took great pride in his work. People CBS4 spoke with who knew him shared those sentiments. They also share their disbelief that he was shot while working at the Clevelander Hotel.
He was always focused on work,” Jean Paul said. “A very pleasant person.
Jean Paul manages valet parking outside the Clevelander Hotel where Moore worked. Paul was working the night Moore was shot.
“I left early,” Paul recalls.
“Someone staying at the hotel posted on Instagram that something happened, and there were cops everywhere,” Paul shared.
Police say the victim, Moore, was shot six times. He was rushed to Ryder Trauma Center but did not survive.
“He looked really nice,” Nkidani Regnier said. “He had a very soft voice.”
Like Moore, Regnier works in the hospitality industry in Miami Beach. Moore’s death troubles Nkidani.
“A lot of times you kindly tell people to leave the bar, or wherever, and they get aggressive,” Regnier said. “Sometimes you have to defuse the situation. Sometimes no matter what you say or do, there is always confrontation.”
“It becomes very dangerous,” Regnier said. “It’s a beautiful place. Sometimes when the holidays come around, you have to watch your back.”
CBS4’s Peter D’Oench spoke with a Minnesota hotel guest who heard the gunshots and spoke with hotel workers about the shooting. Ramos said: “We heard a few gunshots. Then the police came with an ambulance and they were blocking the entrance to the hotel.”
Moore collapsed in the lobby as Burris fled.
Cell phone obtained by CBS4 showed police responded quickly to the hotel and Moore was taken out on a stretcher.
Ramos said: “I feel lucky because I was walking around the hall 10 minutes before this and it could have been me, it’s really crazy. You come here on business or on vacation and it happens very close to home you. The guy that got shot, he didn’t want to fight the other man and he walked into the hotel and that’s when the guy came after him and shot him. “
The Clevelander released the following statement:
“We are devastated by the tragedy that occurred in the lobby of the Clevelander Hotel around midnight Thursday night. One of our valued employees lost their life unnecessarily. We are cooperating fully with the Miami Beach Police Department as that he investigates thoroughly and defers to them for further comment. Our top priority is the safety and well-being of all guests and employees of the Clevelander Hotel.”
It was the second shooting in Miami Beach this week. On Thursday, a man was shot in a car at Collins Avenue and 14th Street.
People visiting the area said they were alarmed when they heard about the shooting.
“It’s very unfortunate. It’s an unfortunate and dangerous event when you want to come and have a good time,” Nicole Johnson of Houston said.
“Of course it’s about me. There’s shootings all around. Before I got here I was thinking ‘fuck, I’m gonna have to have my head on a pivot’ because I don’t know what’s going on,” said said Erna Isaac. from Boston.
Alana Barros, another tourist from Boston, said: “It’s about me honestly. It’s very disturbing and scary, especially for a young person like me.”
Miami Beach City Commissioner Alex Fernandez told D’Oench “It’s extremely unfortunate to see what’s happening all across Miami-Dade County, South Florida and across the country. This is one more example of a crazy person. How many police officers do we have to stop this from happening. The answer is that no number of officers could stop something like this from happening. That’s a societal issue and until our society addresses gun violence in society and until we adopt real policies restricting gun ownership, I don’t think we’re going to see solutions in our society.”
Fernandez said, “Our community is a safe community and I want our community to know that our police will be out there with enhanced enforcement. You’ll see them on Ocean Drive, on Collins Avenue, on Washington Avenue. We’ll be doing checkpoints. DUI check and our police will respond quickly.”